After a 20-year push by southern Colorado veterans, the Department of Veteran Affairs announced that a new national cemetery will be built in Colorado Springs.
The new Pikes Park National Cemetery will be built east of Marksheffel Road, between Bradley and Drennan.
Congressman Doug Lamborn told 11 News plans are already underway in the design of the 374-acre cemetery.
“We now have the design being worked on, we have the land already bought, we’re just working on the funding in the current budgets we’re working on,” explained Lamborn.
Lamborn says he’ll be working with Congress to secure the $36 million needed to build the cemetery.
The VA purchased the land for $4.49 million.
The Pikes Peak National Cemetery will serve more than 95,000 veterans, their spouses and eligible children in the Colorado Springs area.
Construction on phase one of the cemetery, which includes 65 acres and 13,000 gravesites, will begin in 2017. Completion of the entire project is expected in 2018.
The nearest open national cemetery is Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
Lamborn says local veterans also overwhelmingly supported the Pikes Peak name.