St. Ann Center to open second campus on Tuesday

Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 05:05 pm

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care is scheduled to open a second campus on Tuesday. Located in a new 80,000-square-foot, two-story building at 2450 W. North Ave. in Milwaukee, it will be called the Bucyrus Campus.

St. Ann Center currently operates a 60,000-square-foot campus, known as the Stein Campus, at 2801 E. Morgan Ave. The campus sits on a 7.5-acre lot at 24th and 25th avenues that was previously vacant, according to spokeswoman Cathy Feldkamp.

“Basically it’s an answer to a call,” said Diane Beckley, chief operating officer of the Bucyrus Campus. “There’s so much interest in the intergenerational model. We want to bring it to other communities, serve the underserved, and be where there’s a need.”

The mission of St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care is to provide community-based health and educational services for children and frail adults and to serve as a resource and support for caregivers.

Feldkamp said the overall cost of the Bucyrus Campus, including the purchase of the land and construction of the building, is approximately $20 million.

St. Ann raised $17.5 million to complete the first phase of the project, which consists of child care and some adult units. The organization is fundraising about $5 million for the remainder of the project, which will complete the second level of the building. That part of the building will be dedicated to Alzheimer’s and dementia care, as well as overnight respite care.
Child care services will begin on Tuesday, with 20 to 25 children expected to attend. Fifty to 60 adults are anticipated when the adult services starts Oct. 1.

When the facility is complete, it is expected to serve 220 children and 100 adults. The first campus, the Stein Campus, serves around 120 children and 100 adults.

About 50 employees were hired for the new campus, and Feldkamp said another 200-plus jobs could be filled as the center grows. More than 600 people came to a job fair St. Ann Center held in June.

“That shows the need in the area for this type of employment and the excitement for something new coming in,” Feldkamp said.

A grand opening celebration for the new campus is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Ann Center broke ground on the Bucyrus Campus on Nov. 18, 2014.

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