Renovation work on the site of the planned Kidzeum in downtown Springfield could begin in a matter of weeks… now that a long-awaited state grant for the project has finally materialized.
The $1 million grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has been in the state’s capital construction plan since 2009… but the state’s fiscal issues and changes in the plans for the children’s museum held it up until Thursday, when the grant was formally announced.
That also triggered a city contribution of $675,000 in downtown TIF funds which were linked to the state grant.
The influx of cash means work will start soon on three vacant buildings on East Adams.
But Kidzeum officials say they still need to raise another million dollars before officially opening in the summer of 2015.