The City of Kirkwood held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The site for the new Center will be at the corner of South Taylor Avenue and Monroe Avenue in downtown Kirkwood (GPS address: 210 E. Monroe Ave., 63122).
Construction Update (March 2019): Despite the just-ending difficult winter for construction activity, some progress has been made on the new Performing Arts Center. Recent activity has been centered on ground improvements to stabilize soil and installing foundations. Next up: Erecting precast concrete walls that will form much of the building’s shell. The contractors are still shooting for a completion date in late spring of 2020.
The new Performing Arts Center is scheduled to open in late spring 2020. The City anticipates that STAGES St. Louis will open for their 2020 season as the first tenant to occupy the new space. Other tenants will include Kirkwood Theatre Guild and the Kirkwood Youth Theatre program. Both STAGES and Kirkwood Theatre Guild have contributed financially to the development of the Center.
Planning for the Center has been underway for about two years now, and construction is now underway.