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MVH Reaches Agreement to Purchase Property in Marquette Township for Future Site of MVHDJJ

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Veteran Homes (MVH) has entered into an agreement with a private seller to acquire 38+ acres of land in Marquette Township. The subject property sits south of Marquette Cinemas, east of Wright Street and includes donated acres in honor of the property owner’s late father, U.S. Army Veteran Edward F. Scott. 

While the signed purchase agreement represents a significant step forward to replace the aging veterans home, numerous contingencies remain including receiving approval from the State of Michigan State Administrative Board and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and funding approval from the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program. One of the next steps will include environmental testing of the site, which will begin promptly. 

"We have always hoped to carry on Edward’s legacy and are honored to be a part of this project," said Jim and Tonya Scott-Ross, owners of the Marquette Township property. "Edward loved the Marquette area and we know this is the perfect way to honor his memory. It provides our family immense pleasure to donate land in his remembrance and we are delighted that MVH will honor Ed's legacy by naming the MVH D.J. Jacobetti Community Center after him. This new facility will be a wonderful addition to Marquette Township and the veterans that have served our country. We are thrilled and look forward to working with MVH throughout this exciting project." 

“We are excited to take the next step forward at this beautiful location in Marquette Township – a combination purchase and generous donation – and believe this site will be a wonderful new home for our UP veterans for decades to come,” said Anne Zerbe, executive director and CEO of MVH. 

“Marquette Township is honored to be selected as the newest home for our veterans," said Jon Kangas, township manager for Marquette Charter Township. "We look forward to working with MVH to facilitate this exciting project while welcoming the members and staff of the MVH D.J. Jacobetti to our ever-growing community!”

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