A project to meet the high demand for early childhood care and senior services for the low-income population is expected to take shape soon in the Lower Garden District.
Kingsley House will build a 24,000-square-foot expansion next to its existing campus on Constance Street in the Lower Garden District. Planning and financing have been underway for years and the organization is finally ready to break ground.
The existing 3.7-acre campus has 12 buildings with a total of 70,000 square feet on the block bounded by Constance, Richard, Annunciation, Felicity and Market streets. The organization serves 225 children, 84 adults and seniors and hosts some 200 children at its summer camps sessions.
The Patrick F. Taylor Campus will house a “Head Start” program and adult day care facility. The expansion will allow Kingsley House to serve an additional 100 children and 100 seniors.
Kingsley House purchased the 4.2 acre property almost a year ago from the Orleans Parish School Board for $1 million.
Trapolin-Peer Architects is the design architect. The brick façade will resemble the existing Kingsley House buildings, where the organization has been based since 1920. The smaller buildings will be placed closer to houses and larger structures near the main campus.
Groundbreaking could happen by late August or early September, and substantial completion of the first phase is hopefully complete by August 2015. The project is currently out for public bid.
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