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Kidzeum Plans to Call East Adams Street Buildings Home
A historic strip of buildings downtown may soon be home to a children's museum. At Wednesday's Downtown Springfield Inc. annual awards dinner, Mayor Mike Houston announced that 'Kidzeum of Health and Science plans to move in.
A vacant building downtown may soon be home to a place where children can come and play. Kidzeum is eying some buildings off Adams Street for a new health and science center.
"The details of turning this into a three-story, 24,000 square foot museum is still being worked out," Houston said. "It looks like nothing but good things for 2013."
This announcement came at Wednesday night's Downtown Springfield Inc. annual dinner. It fits into the plan in and around the Old State Capitol to fill in vacant buildings after 2,600 workers left the heart of the city in the last seven years.
Kidzeum will ask for tax increment finance funds from the city. The funds have been a catalyst for other development downtown, including the County Market on Second and Carpenter avenues as well as the convention center.
"I believe in downtown," Houston said. "While it may never be the retail center it once was, the central business district needs to remain the community's center of activity along with being the employment and property tax base."
Kidzeum will move forward with the purchase of the buildings following city council approval.