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Thursday, April 22, 2021

ARC approves Villagers for Veterans’ plan for home for injured veteran

The Architectural Review Committee on Wednesday approved a plan submitted by Villagers for Veterans for a new home for injured veteran Pam Kelly.

The home will be located at 1307 Teakwood Lane in the Village of Orange Blossom Gardens.

The smart home has been specially designed for Kelly, a 17-year Army veteran who was injured while training for deployment to Iraq. Kelly’s spine was crushed when a cable snapped during a sling load operation. As a result of her injuries, she is permanently paralyzed and has very limited use of one arm.

This plan for the home for handicapped veteran Pam Kelly was submitted to the ARC by Villagers for Veterans.

The home will be block and mortar with stucco finish. The primary color will be virtual taupe and the accent color will be Irish Cream. Villagers for Veterans is raising money and building the home for Kelly.

The home will include a generator and a sidewalk that will provide for a rear emergency exit for the wheelchair-bound Kelly. It will also include a wide driveway that will allow for Kelly to be loaded into a specially fitted van.

Sgt. Pam Kelly shows her appreciation to Marie Bogdonoff in January during the groundbreaking ceremony for her new home in the Village of Orange Blossoms Gardens. Bogdonoff is the founder and president and Villagers for Veterans, which has spent the past year raising the money to build the new smart home for the disabled Army veteran.

The yard will preserve a 300-year-old Live Oak tree, will see the planting of 12-foot Sylvester Palm Tree and will have St. Augustine grass.

A 20-foot flagpole will include a brick base.

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