Contributions needed to make plans a reality
Lake Saint Louis, Mo. (June 6, 2017) United Services for Children has partnered with the City of Lake Saint Louis and New York-based Cohen Equities to lay the groundwork for a possible new children’s museum.
Cohen Equities, owner of The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis, has offered to give United Services for Children three acres in the retail center, located east of Interstate 64. Lake Saint Louis city officials have pledged to convert two adjacent acres into a park for museum goers and the public. The combined value of both tracts is approximately $2.5 million.
United Services for Children plans to use the site to build the Midwest Children’s Museum, a 54,000 square-foot facility that will include 40,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, plus classrooms for pediatric therapy, early intervention and preschool programs. The museum would be designed for universal accessibility, so that children and adults of all abilities could fully utilize every part of the facility, any day of the week.
“Our 42 years of experience in early learning, education and therapy make us uniquely positioned to take the lead on this project,” said Denise Liebel, president and CEO of United Services for Children.
Founded in 1975, the nonprofit agency provides therapy, early intervention and family support services out of its center, located at 4140 Old Mill Parkway in St. Peters.
United Services for Children plans to unveil a conceptual drawing, created by M+H Architects of St. Louis, during a June 6 meeting of the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen.
Lake Saint Louis Mayor Kathy Schweikert said the city is thrilled to have been selected as the site for the proposed museum. “This will be a fantastic amenity for the residents of Lake Saint Louis and the entire metro area,” she said.
Schweikert said she, the Board of Aldermen and city staff were “100 percent behind this venture.” She said The Meadows’ central location went hand in hand with the city’s comprehensive plan to make the retail center a “destination area for residents and visitors.”
To make the Midwest Children’s Museum a reality, significant private contributions must be secured. During the next several weeks, the agency will meet with key stakeholders to determine whether sufficient interest and financial support exists to begin moving forward with a capital campaign and construction.
The agency is working with The Rome Group, a St. Louis-based nonprofit consulting firm, to assess fundraising capacity and develop plans. Liebel said the agency chose The Rome Group because of the firm’s demonstrated fundraising success throughout the St. Louis region.