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"This location has always felt a little transient, a little like a temporary facility," Maria Campanelli, the executive director, said of the museum's longtime location. The nonprofit needs to raise roughly $8 million to renovate the house and build new exhibits, no small goal for an institution of its size.
We would like to believe that we could keep it at a year." Developer Michael Chesler, who has teamed up with the museum, said he's exploring ways to tackle the mansion renovations in phases.That approach might allow the museum to move in sooner, even if the final project isn't complete. Our plan is to do some interim, stabilization construction within the next 90 days."Our idea is to try to keep their lights on," said Chesler, president of the Chesler Group of Russell Township. Literally [Wednesday] morning, there are going to be men in that building." The museum, which focuses on children from birth to 8 years old, serves an average of 100,000 people each year at its building or through outreach programs.Demographic data show those children and families hail from a wide array of backgrounds, including many low- to middle-income households.CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A quiet real estate deal that closed Tuesday augurs a second chance for a small Cleveland cultural institution and an expansive house on the city's onetime Millionaire's Row.A company tied to the Children's Museum of Cleveland paid ,000 this week for the empty Stager-Beckwith mansion, which slipped into foreclosure in 2012.
Now the historic home, at times a residence, a private club and a university, will enter yet another life cycle as a playground and classroom for infants and young children.
There are two story lines here, converging in new opportunities for a museum with growth aspirations and a troubled property that begs for care.
The house, built in the 1860s and long occupied by the private University Club, was renovated a decade ago for Myers University.
Since 2008, when Myers went belly-up, the 66,000-square-foot mansion has been sitting vacant, deteriorating.
Then there's the museum, crammed into an old Howard Johnson restaurant in University Circle, underperforming its peers in other cities and staring down a deadline to move.
The museum's current site, leased from nonprofit group University Circle Inc., could be cleared in mid-2015 to make way for a high-rise apartment tower. We have a very constricted timeline." Small museum thinks big Marrying the museum and the mansion offers a creative -- though still challenging -- path forward.