Springfield Kid’s Museum Plans: Past, Present and… Future?

412/414/416 E. Adams St. - Proposed Site Of Future Kidzeum

412/414/416 E. Adams St. – Proposed Site Of Future Kidzeum of Health and Science

The Board of the Kidzeum of Health and Science is urging Springfield residents to contact city aldermen if they support plans to build the museum in a block of historic buildings just west of the Old State Capitol.

Board President Rachael Thomson says the Kidzeum is seeking $975,000 in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from the city.  She hopes that $800,000 of that will come from funds already set aside for the space the museum now plans to purchase.

website_secondary_01The city supported a downtown children’s museum with TIF funds more than a decade ago.  The smaller facility struggled financially and closed its doors in 2001.

Kidzeum’s Thompson joined Peter Gray on WUIS’ Illinois Edition to discuss what will be done differently with the new museum so that it will have a lasting economic impact: [.mp3 -8:24]

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