Governor John Hickenlooper today joined Colorado artists and economic developers to announce the first state-driven initiative in the U.S. for affordable housing for artists: Space to Create, Colorado. Artspace will act as lead consultant with Colorado Creative Industries.
A first of its kind in the country, the Space to Create initiative will feature customized affordable housing/work space for artists as well as commercial space for creatively inclined organizations and businesses.
Governor John Hickenlooper tours artist Caryn Sanchez's apartment in the Artspace Loveland Lofts on Monday after speaking about a new Colorado initiative called Space to Create. The program will develop affordable housing and work space for artists and art organizations in rural Colorado.
The Artspace Market survey, conducted by Artspace Projects, also examined the feasibility of affordable operating spaces for art organizations. The survey considered whether Richmond or Petersburg could support affordable artist living and work spaces.
The nonprofit organization Artspace, based in Minnesota, has submitted a 16-page report to borough officials about a plan for a project called Art6, which was proposed by O'Riordan Migani Architects, or OMA, based in Seymour.
Downtown has made progress on filling small commercial spaces. The big buildings that have been vacant for decades are another problem. Artspace has a development plan for dealing with problems like that. It’s the kind of big project downtown needs.
Artspace has set its sights on city-owned downtown land. The nonprofit real-estate developer hopes to buy about a third of the nearly 3-acre vacant lot at Second and Tyler streets for $1 and build about 37 units of live-work housing, street-level commercial space and community space.
Roy M. Close, Vice President of Special Projects, Artspace
In this spotlight on Hastings, Minnesota, Roy Close, Vice President of Special Projects at Artspace illustrates how an Artspace project receives the green light using a powerful tool developed by the Artspace consulting team: the Arts Market Survey.
Residents will have an opportunity to learn more this week about a proposal to renovate a former industrial warehouse downtown into an apartment complex for working artists. You must be a subscriber to read the full article.
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.