KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) – The Magic House has grown by leaps and bounds since it opened in 1979. What hasn’t grown to keep up with the museum’s popularity is its parking.

This wasn’t something on the Magic House’s radar, but the Magic House’s Carrie Hutchcraft says a family relocating out of St. Louis approached them about buying their home.

“We were approached last year by the neighbors who lived directly behind us, off of Woodbine. They were relocating out of St. Louis and had noticed our need for parking, particularly during the summer months, and so they had contacted us saying ‘are you interested in purchasing our home to add to your parking?'” Hutchcraft says.

She says once the opportunity presented itself, it was worth exploring.

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(Maria Keena/KMOX)

Since that time, the Magic House has purchased the home and leveled it. Hutchcraft says the newly acquired land will give the Magic House some 40 new parking place east of the museum’s current parking lot.

Hutchcraft adds that they surveyed area neighbors, and the majority have been supportive.

Kirkwood’s Zoning Commission unanimously approved it. Kirkwood’s City Council votes on it Thursday night.

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