September 17, the leaders at the Jewish Community Center broke ground on a new 32,000 square feet recreation center.
The project, which will expand the Jewish Community Center's footprint by approximately 30% ,will be located on the west side of the Jewish Community Campus between The White Theatre wing and the Fitness and Sports facility. It will include a new entrance to The J’s Fitness and Sports facilities, a new gymnasium, an indoor turf field, an additional art room, renovated Fitness Zone and babysitting area, dedicated dance studios and a yoga studio. The new addition will also accommodate the increased growth in programs like the J's award-winning Camp program.
The new recreation center will be called the Staenberg Family Recreation Complex after Michael Staenberg, a St Louis philanthropist who gave $3 million towards the project.
Construction is scheduled to begin some time this fall, and is expected to take 12 months to complete with the hope of an opening date in late 2020. The first phase of construction will include removing several tennis courts to add parking spaces for the facility, moving members closer to the new entrance.