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.
“In the last three years, we’ve gone from about 300 people living and working in the River District to 3,000 people living or working in the River District. In the past three years, we’ve seen great progress. What we’re really after is how do we maintain that kind of progress, how do we continue to grow the River District. And we think arts and culture may very well be part of that,” Stauber said.
A national Artspace program that provides affordable housing for area artists. DDA is trying to determine whether there is interest in the program. "This has been very, very well received," DDA/Main Street board member Melissa Leger said.
Walk around Pullman Historic District today, 13 miles south of downtown Chicago, and you won’t hear the clanging of metal as luxury railcars are being manufactured. But amazing things are still being created there. In the meantime, the creativity in Pullman will keep flowing, in its studios, on its sidewalks, and in and around its historic buildings.
Members of Chattanooga's creative community are indeed interested in having a live work facility that would offer them affordable housing and a place to work, according to findings of a survey done last spring by Artspace.