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 The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency recently purchased 103 acres of land in Chesterfield Township to build a new, state-of-the-art veterans home in Macomb County. Sebille Manor once supported the U.S. Army Garrison at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency recently purchased 103 acres of land in Chesterfield Township to build a new, state-of-the-art veterans home in Macomb County. Sebille Manor once supported the U.S. Army Garrison at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

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Former military housing complex to become veterans home

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published August 24, 2018

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MACOMB COUNTY — The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency recently acquired 103 acres of land in Chesterfield Township to build a new, state-of-the-art veterans home.  

Sebille Manor, 48512 Hawk Drive, near Sugarbush Road, is a former military complex that consisted of 352 housing units in 220 facilities. It once supported the U.S. Army Garrison at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

The state purchased the site for $820,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense.

“This acquisition realizes our goal to expand accessibility to long-term care facilities for Michigan’s veterans,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement. “Acquiring this property is a significant achievement for the state of Michigan as we move forward to modernize and expand long-term care services to Michigan veterans.”

According to a press release from the MVAA, a work group was formed in 2016 to study how the state can move the operation of veterans homes toward sustainability and improve long-term care for veterans. The work group recommended the construction of seven new veterans homes over the next 10 years across the state. Its first recommendation was to build two homes, one in southeast Michigan, and a new home to replace aging facilities in Grand Rapids.

Sebille Manor is named for Air Force Maj. Louis Sebille, who was the first member of the United States Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor after its establishment as a separate military service in September of 1947, according to the release.

“It is a tremendous honor to build a new veterans home on a site that formerly housed military service members and their families and is named for a true Michigan hero,” said Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais. “I want to thank the Department of the Army for working with us to secure this purchase and return Sebille Manor to service.”

To facilitate the build and operation of the new veterans home, the Michigan Veterans Facility Authority was created within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and will be governed by a nine-member board.

In 2016, the state Legislature approved $42 million in state funds for new veterans home construction, paving the way for the state to apply to the VA State Home Construction Grant Program for additional match funds to build the new veterans homes in southeast Michigan and Grand Rapids, according to the release. The grant provides up to 65 percent funding for approved projects, and in April 2018 authorized $38 million for Grand Rapids and up to $42 million for southeast Michigan.

The Michigan Veterans Facility Authority Board of Directors reviewed national best practices for state veterans home design and operation, and chose the small house concept for the two locations. Each facility will house 128 members, who will reside in four small houses that provide each member with their own bedroom and bathroom, and common spaces that include a space to gather and a small kitchen. The four small houses will connect to a community center that houses clinical and therapeutic operations, amenities including a barbershop and beauty parlor, and a large space for community gatherings.

Congressman Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel both released statements commending the selection of Sebille Manor.

“Already home to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the Detroit Arsenal and more, Macomb County has a long history of supporting our nation’s military, and this new Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency facility will improve and expand long-term care for Michigan’s veterans,” Mitchell said.  

“Macomb County has always been proud of our servicemen and women,” Hackel said. “This new Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs facility will ensure that veterans will have access to vital support services right at home in Macomb.”

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