The purpose of the project is to renovate the historic Schmucker Hall into a state of the art Civil War Museum. The museum is a national attraction, and its construction and subsequent operations and visitor spending are having a significant economic impact around the region.
The Museum for African Art has been increasing public understanding and appreciation of African arts and culture since 1984. The Museum is well known for its traveling exhibitions, public education programs, and unique store that offers authentic hand-made African crafts.
After years of nomadic travel from one rented space to another, the Museum will realize a long-held dream of creating a permanent and appropriate home for the museum collection, which is currently warehoused in Long Island City.
The Museum’s relocation efforts have garnered widespread support in its capital campaign and from New York State and New York City capital grant programs.
The 75,000 SF facility will include gallery space featuring both traditional and contemporary African art, a library, a restaurant, a gift shop, two classrooms, and an African Discovery Hall. The development will also include 116 market-rate condominium units above the museum.
As well being the first addition to Museum Mile in 50 years, the project is targeting LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council for its sustainable design features. It is anticipated that this new and vibrant community space will link Museum Mile with Harlem’s African, African-American and Latino communities and create numerous, new educational opportunities for residents of New York City and visitors.
The museum will commemorate the American Civil Rights Movement and the historic struggle for equality. It will also include exhibits on the modern Global Human Rights Movement. The ribbon cutting for the 43,000-square-foot facility was attended by icons of the civil rights movement, including Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), an original Freedom Rider. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mayor Kasim Reed and former mayor Shirley Franklin also spoke at the grand opening event. “The Center on Civil and Human Rights’ opening is a victory for the city, celebrating its rich history and the connection to today’s challenge —it is a remarkable project that has been in the making for the last decade,” said Dale Royal, NMTC Coalition Board Member and Senior Project Manager, Redevelopment & President, Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. “The center will be a destination, attracting people from across the United states, and around the world, and the New Markets Tax Credit financing was a critical piece in making it happen.”
The Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage. NMTC financing allowed the completion of the first phase of their redevelopment project, the Witte Research Center. The Center provides a permanent home for the collection stories, programs and exhibits related to South Texas. The redevelopment will expand Witte’s already significant impact on the community by increasing display and program activity areas that are designated to engage participants in the social, cultural and economic history of the area.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCM), a 501(c)(3) organization, began with one mother’s wish to create a place in Upstate South Carolina where children would be inspired and learn in an informal, hands-on environment. In December 2003 local benefactors donated the former Greenville County Library building and surrounding land to TCM, and plans for the museum began to take shape. With three floors of space, the project redeveloped the vacant building into the 7th largest children’s museum in the United States and 10th largest in the world. The 79,000 square feet of community facilities space contains 18 custom-designed exhibits, including one of the first handicap-accessible climbing structures in the United States.
The Iron Horse Grill MS/Music Experience development is a 15,000 square foot historic/NMTC development. The project involved re-building 7,500 square feet of the original footprint of the iconic building that was destroyed by two fires in the late 1990s.