|Updated: 7/04/2013 10:04 am
||Published: 7/03/2013 4:57 pm
Honor Cottage opening delayed again
Last September plans were unveiled for the Honor Cottage, an escape for wounded veterans and their families.
The plan was to have the cottage open by Memorial Day. FOX23 has now learned it won't even be open in time for the Fourth of July.
The cottage looks ready to go from the outside, and the Folds of Honor foundation hoped the Strickland family, from Collinsville, would be able to spend the Fourth of July inside these doors, but they've run into a few delays
"As things go with construction, we weren't quite finished on the interior," explained Ron Howell, who runs CrossTimbers Marina on Skiatook Lake.
"It occurred to me that, in our first phase of our cottage project at CrossTimbers, that we had one lot left, and I thought I'd love to somehow make that available so veterans could use it," said Howell.
He met with Folds of Honor for the first time on Labor Day. They broke ground on the Honor Cottage in November.
Originally they hoped to open the cottage to one of the families over Memorial Day weekend.
They held a ribbon cutting on May 26.
"This is such a small thank you for our freedom, freedom is everything," said Howell.
"This was just one of those things that had not been done yet," said Thomas Tansil with Folds of Honor.
CrossTimbers donated the land. The architect drew up the plans for free, builders stepped up to donate everything from the heating and air conditioning, to the roof and flooring.
"We've had contractors and subcontractors just come out of the woodwork, it's been so generous," said Howell.
CORT donated the furniture, and it just arrived this week, now they're putting on the final touches.
"It's literally touch-ups, and there are a few additional pieces, some flat-screen TVs, now we're adding the smaller things that are all important to the experience," said Howell.
"It's hard to put a price tag on that, if you wanna put it on a Visa commercial, you'd say it's priceless," said Tansil.
Organizers are still hoping to open the cottage in about two weeks and the Folds of Honor foundation is talking to families about whose schedule is open around July 15.
The foundation plans to build another Honor Cottage on Keystone Lake and more across the country.