VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Beach City Council will discuss Wednesday loaning $2.9M to the founders of a development for adults with mental disabilities.
The community, Vanguard Landing, would be on 75 acres of land on Princess Anne Road in Pungo.
The 'live-work-play' community would serve people with Down's Syndrome and other types of mental disabilities.
Debbie Dear calls this day an answer to her prayers. 'This is just miraculous! The best day ever. I'm hoping every thing goes well,' Dear said.
Dear made Vanguard Landing her life's mission after she learned through raising her own intellectually disabled daughter that everyone deserves a purpose in life.
Beach Councilman Bill DeSteph says from a financial standpoint, 'It's the right thing to do.'
Dear says the two sisters who agreed to sell them their land for the community were moved by the project.
'One of them did start crying. This is what they want to do with their family land. They hope the community will rally for them too,' Dear said.
Vanguard Landing could house 200 people without the need for a Medicaid waiver.
The council plans to vote on the project next month. They hope to open in 2016.