Gov. Jay Nixon will ask the Legislature for $10 million to convert part of a soon-to-be vacated hospital in Jefferson City into classrooms and academic training facilities for Lincoln University.
St. Mary’s Hospital has occupied its current downtown Jefferson City site since 1905, but a new location is scheduled to open in November along Highway 179 in western Jefferson City. The nursing program now serves 120 students in Eliff Hall — but has said for several years it can’t do much more with the space it has. Access to the facility also would allow the university to create a culinary arts program.
The $10 million is part of Nixon’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. That money would be used by the Office of Administration to acquire and renovate part of the facility. It also would be used to purchase equipment for development.