Milwaukee’s St. Ann’s Center for Intergenerational Care is copying its successful south side facility with a second location on the north side, where the rates of poverty and infant mortality are high and most residents are people of color. St. Ann’s serves seniors including those with dementia, people with disabilities, and children all at the same site. It’s a unique model for programming and interaction that has earned national recognition.
A groundbreaking was held November 18 for the new center, which will be built on a site bought from the city for $1. The two-story, 80-000-square foot building will include classrooms and an indoor playground. St. Ann’s estimates that the new center will serve 246 clients in 2016 (the first year of operation) and increase to 383 by 2019, as well as create 200 new jobs by 2018. The agency plans to raise funds for a future medical and dental clinic, indoor pool, and gymnasium.
Like its south side site, St. Ann’s north side facility will offer infant and toddler care to low-income families. Next Door, an IFF borrower and recipient of a large Head Start federal grant, will provide 145 slots for 3- and 4-year-olds at the St. Ann center. Next Door also will pass through a three-year grant to support teacher training.
Last month, IFF provided a $1.5 million loan and $10 million in new markets tax credits for the $20 million project. The collaborative effort included a loan from BMO Harris Bank and a new markets tax credit allocation from Forward Community Investments and PNC New Market Investment Partners, LLC. PNC Bank also was the investor in the transaction.