Cape Girardeau City Council Approves Needed Bonds for Expansion at Southeast Missouri State University

Members of the Cape Girardeau County City Council recently gave their approval to the issuance of $10 million worth of industrial revenue bonds to reuse two buildings located along South Frederick and Morgan Oak streets and build a third building to be utilized as a centralized art complex for all Southeast Missouri State Students who are majoring in and studying ceramics, woodworking, metal sculpture, painting and 3-D printing. Cape Girardeau City officials will issue these bonds at the request Chief Property Development LLC. Chief Property Development LLC officials say this is a passion of theirs to assist in bringing these arts under a single roof at the university’s River Campus. The first phase of the project includes making renovations to the almost 10,000 square-foot former Cape Restaurant Supply building that is located at 340 South Frederick for classes about ceramics  and making modifications to a 5,000 square-foot  facility that is close by  for students who are involved in painting. Officials say, assuming that rapid approval of city permits, they hope to have the opening phase finished by June of this year and this could  possibly approve the university to start utilizing the spaces as early as this fall.  The next phase of the project includes building an 18,000-square-foot facility perpendicular to the ceramics/painting facilities to house woodworking, metal sculpture, 3-D printing and space for classrooms. Officials say the construction of Phase II does not have a determined start date, but they hope to have the project completed by 2023.  This expansion gained approval from members of Southeast Missouri State’s Board of Regents in conjunction with the university’s master plan in December three years ago and It will combine e physical space of the Department of Arts and Design, which is a planned initiative of the Holland College of Arts and Media and it will assist the university to better meet accreditation expectations from the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design.

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