Gilchrist Learning Center new rendering

The planned $3.3 million Gilchrist Learning Center, to be constructed at 220 Pierce St., will allow the Sioux City Art Center to increase its art education programming. The project received a boost this week after the Enhance Iowa Board awarded it a $325,000 grant. 

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SIOUX CITY | Should it receive support from the city Monday, the Gilchrist Learning Center could be welcoming visitors to downtown Sioux City by October 2018.

At Monday’s Sioux City Council meeting, the council will hold a public hearing and vote on whether or not to accept the construction documents for the Gilchrist project. 

The nearly 11,000-square-foot facility would be erected at 220 Pierce St. adjacent to the Sioux City Art Center, 225 Nebraska St.

PLaN Architecture — the firm designing the facility — estimates it will cost about $2.6 million to build the Gilchrist Learning Center, which is named after the foundation that contributed $1 million to kick-start the project.

Altogether, the Sioux City Art Center Association, the private fundraising arm for the art center and the learning center, plan to raise about $3.5 for this project and renovations to the museum.

The new one-story building will contain a classroom, four studios, a ceramics area and pin-up spaces for artwork, adding classroom space and enabling the adjacent Art Center to expand its educational programs. The project would also include improvements to parking areas and landscaping near the complex.

Should the city approve the construction plans, bid letting would start Oct. 7.

This project has already received major support from the state.

In June, the Gilchrist Learning Center was awarded a nearly $325,000 Community Attraction and Tourism grant from the Enhance Iowa board, a division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

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