A new artistic area can help draw people into the community, she said. She added that the project could also continue to improve the downtown area. Because she attended the forums held by Artspace, she had an idea of what to expect when residents were asked how they'd like to see the thousands of square feet utilized.
When looking at the overview of the market survey, in which Artspace recommends the creation of up to 91 spaces, with 50 of them, alone, being living spaces. The market survey had half the businesses interested in relocating, expanding, or launching in the new multi-use arts facility in Downtown Mesa.
Visual and performing artists could live and work at a housing development proposed to be constructed in downtown Mesa, the city’s planning and zoning board was told at a study session and meeting last month.
A proposed 12-unit apartment project in downtown Amityville cleared a major hurdle when village trustees approved a zoning change allowing multifamily development on the Oak Street parcel where the project would be built. You must be a subscriber to view the full article.
Backers of a similar concept for downtown Springfield visited the center on the Fox River in downtown Elgin this summer to see how a long-vacant eyesore could become a focus for the arts in the northern Illinois community of 110,000.
“This is in its very early stages and we have a long way to go before any decisions are made,” said Tom Howard, chairman of the DRC. “But if there is one thing we all know is that change is needed if we are going to grow, prosper and be successful as a community.”
Jim Shirley, director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, emphasized that such a project would not only bolster the area's arts community, but could serve as a powerful economic development tool for the beleaguered North Trail.