Fathers and Families Support Center makes a move downtown

Article originally appears in St. Louis Business Journal.

A St. Louis nonprofit that offers parenting education and support services to fathers looking to reunite with their children last year moved from north city to downtown as its previous headquarters did not meet the needs of the organization.

In 2017, Fathers & Families Support Center bought the long-vacant 1601 Olive St. for $395,000, and invested more than $3 million in the rehabilitation. It was completed in June.

Key to the project was securing a more central location, with access to MetroLink, the organization said. Rick Dames, managing principal of Cresa, which worked with Fathers & Families Support Center as its broker, said it also required 40 parking spaces. 

“They turned an ignored gem in the rough into a community asset where their agency can welcome more participants into their programs that stabilize and improve outcomes for families and children while impacting the local economy,” Dames said.

Building elements include terrazzo flooring and a sweeping circular staircase. A wall of inspirational quotes was included, part of a “bright, clean and vibrant” interior design, Dames said.

Fathers & Families has said the new location can serve more than 1,000 people annually, a capacity increase of 34%. It was previously located at 4411 N. Newstead Ave.


About this project

Owner/developer: Fathers & Families Support Center

Broker: Cresa

General contractor: TW Constructors

Engineer: Design Build

Interior designer: Arcturis

Architect: Arcturis

Cost: $3.24 million

Financing: Capital campaign