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.
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.
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.”