The Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday approved the transformation of the former Sleepy's location in the L-shaped mall into the headquarters of Krens' Global Cultural Asset Management, a design firm specializing in museum and cultural infrastructure and management.
Officials with the model railroad museum planned for Western Gateway Heritage State Park have signed agreements with Skanska USA and the Gilbane Building Co. to construct the 83,000 square foot building.
For the governors and Krens, this is a bit of "unfinished business" dating back to 1988 to pump economic activity into the state's smallest city. All three had a hand in the beginnings of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art that was hoped jumpstart an economy left in shambles by the departure of Sprague Electric.
Internationally known architect Frank Gehry and architects from his office will join former Gov. William Weld, Mayor Richard Alcombright and former Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens on Friday to tour the 10-acre site for the new Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum.