MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The excitement surrounding a new tourist venue in Meridian continues to build after the announcement of the sites location.
Source: Mississippi Children's Museum
“This is a very exciting day. Not only the Mississippi Children’s Museum-Meridian project, but also for the Mississippi Children’s Museum,” President & Ceo of the Mississippi Children’s Museum Susan Garrard says.
After months of planning and discussion, MCM officials say they'll build the highly anticipated attraction at the old Sears Department Store location on 403 22nd avenue.
The old building will be demolished and rebuilt into a new state-of-the-art facility because it is structurally unsafe.
“We’re thrilled. This has been one of our site committees top sites from the very beginning and we’re so glad that things have come together to work out for this to be the future home of the Children’s Museum,” Project Coordinator Liz Wilson says.
The expected groundbreaking date of 2020 will revitalize an area that serves as a gateway to the Queen City. This means hundreds of new jobs are on the way to Meridian.
“Well, provide jobs, entertainment and again, something for families to do and again it’s all about children,” Meridian Mayor Percy Bland says. “Our administration from day 1 has been about how we can make more opportunities, meaningful opportunities happen for kids.”
The MCM'S motto is "We Take Fun Seriously." The Meridian location of the Mississippi Children's Museum will attract tens of thousands of visitors a year and will be a place for kids to be kids...a place where children can learn and grow in an exciting and fun environment.
“We’re really excited that this will be a cultural attraction for children not only in East Mississippi but West Alabama and it will bring tourists, families, teachers and administrators,” President & CEO Garrard says.
Garrard says the Museum is almost is almost at their target funding goal. Currently, they sit $3.5 million short of the $13.5 million mark. The Riley Foundation joined the Phil Hardin Foundation as a major supporter of the project with a grant for $4 million in October.
MCM-M has contracted with Weir Boerner Allin, a Mississippi architectural firm, to design the new museum.
More information regarding the MCM-M project can be found at mschildrensmuseum.org/meridian