Donna Bryson, Associated Press via the Register Grand
A national movement that counts on painters, dancers and musicians to help revitalize downtowns is coming to this Colorado city as the first residents prepare to move into new low-income apartments built for artists and their families.
The pieces are falling into place for a new Artspace development in downtown Hastings. On April 9, the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority agreed it would sell one acre of land to Artspace for $1, opening the door for the city to proceed with a business subsidy agreement and a predevelopment agreement.
The Lakewood Council unanimously approved to sign a letter of agreement with Artspace to begin the process of bringing affordable live-work space for artists to the city. Bringing an Artspace project to the city has been in the works for several years, and the process has included a feasibility study.
A study last year by the city, Artspace and the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council determined there is market demand for 37 new affordable live-work units in the city. Hastings already has shown an interest in partnering with Artspace.
Officials said last year the neighborhood was "ripe" for the development. An exact location for the development, which has not yet been funded and is only in exploratory stages, has not been determined.
"It’s a tremendous opportunity,” said Hastings Community Development Director John Hinzman. “The Dakota County CDA has been able to bring tremendous resources to the table for this project, to take a project that five weeks ago seemed very distant because of the funding gap to something that could really be a reality.”
The general idea for the project is for a multi-level artists live/work development, with a preference for some sort of storefront or other non-residential space right on Second Street. No formal plans have been drawn yet.
The idea of bringing an Artspace artists' cooperative to Hastings is gaining traction. The Dakota County Community Development Agency has low-income housing tax credits that could be available for Artspace, a local nonprofit real estate developer that is studying Hastings to see whether a new artists' live/work building would succeed in the riverfront city.
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The next step in deciding whether Artspace is a good fit for Cheyenne will occur later this month. Results of the online survey will indicate whether there is enough interest here to support the Artspace mission.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has awarded funding to Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc. (CNI), to oversee an open design competition to engage the best and brightest Chicago architects for the planning and design of a creative space in Chicago’s Pullman community for artists to live, work, gather and share ideas. Pullman Artspace is being developed in partnership with PullmanArts, a group of neighborhood artists committed to the revitalization of Pullman; and Artspace Inc., the Nation’s leading non-profit developer of mixed-use artist housing.