In the late 1990s, Santa Cruz was a highly desirable tourist destination with a strong arts and culture community. But as the housing costs increased, few young artists could afford to stay.
In 2001, the historic Salz Tannery closed its doors and Ceil Cirillo, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency, saw an opportunity — a site that could be redeveloped as an arts complex to anchor Santa Cruz’s cultural identity well into the future. She persuaded civic leaders to approve the plan and enlisted Artspace to help develop the project.
Commanding an 8.3-acre campus on the San Lorenzo River about a mile from downtown Santa Cruz, two phases of the Tannery Arts Center are complete. Phase 1, the Artspace Tannery Lofts, created 100 units of affordable live/work space in two new buildings for artists and their families. Phase 2, the Digital Media and Creative Arts Center, opened in 2012. Phase 3 will add a Performing Arts Center to the Tannery Campus.
The City of Santa Cruz
California Department of Community Redevelopment Housing
California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
City of Santa Cruz Housing Trust Fund
City of Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency
County of Santa Cruz Housing Trust Fund
RBC–Apollo Equity Partners
J.P. Morgan Chase
Federal Home Loan Bank
Affordable Housing Program
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Washington Mutual Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
“I’ve lived in Santa Cruz for a long time and there've never been this many dynamic people living in one space … It makes me feel like I’m doing something valuable, not only for myself but for the community as a whole.”
— Sarah Bianco, Artist
The Tannery Arts Center is dedicated to providing an affordable, accessible and sustainable home for Santa Cruz County artists and arts, cultural, education and heritage organizations so that all offerings on this historically significant campus may be enjoyed by residents, visitors and the general public.
Artspace Tannery Lofts offers 100 units of newly constructed affordable housing for individual artists and their families. The Lofts include studio, one, two and three bedroom units.
Large flexible floor plansHigh ceilingsLarge windowsDurable surfaces to accommodate a variety of creative disciplinesCovered parkingPlayground
At the Artspace Tannery Lofts we are committed to attracting creative individuals and families from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. We encourage all people to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, employment or occupation, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or physical disability. We are especially interested in individuals who are committed to building community and will give some of their time and energy toward this goal.
Artspace’s mission is to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. Our residential units have large flexible floor plans, high ceilings, large windows and durable surfaces to accommodate a variety of creative disciplines. Artspace buildings across the country have a special feeling of community fostered by creative activity and community involvement.
The affordable housing at the Tannery Arts Center, consists of 100 units of new construction over parking. The residential project serves individuals and families earning less than 30%, 40% and 50% of area median income (AMI), which are set annually.
Rents are based on income level, size of family and apartment size, i.e. studio, one, two or three bedroom.
ARTSPACE TANNERY LOFTS RESIDENT SELECTION CRITERIA AND PROCESS
Please note, all units at the Tannery are currently occupied with full wait lists so we are not taking applications at the moment. When openings do occur the following Resident Selection Criteria must be followed very carefully for all Artspace Tannery Lofts (ATL) applicants. Fair Housing Laws require Management to use the same criteria for determining eligibility for all applicants. There are no exceptions. The TAC is a 100% Tax Credit property and must follow Section 42 of the IRS Code, along with all Calif. Tax Credit Allocation Committee rules.
The Artspace Tannery Lofts provides 100 units of affordable housing with a tenant selection preference given to Santa Cruz County households who participate in, and are committed to, the creative arts.
Income-Annual gross income cannot exceed the Area Median Income (AMI) for Santa Cruz County per the chart below. The AMI income limits are updated and published yearly by HUD. Management is required to obtain third party income verification on all sources of income. Income calculations are based upon the applicant’s expected annual gross income. For purposes of determining income eligibility, the income of personal care attendants will not be counted as household income but they will be included for the purpose of determining unit size.
Identity – All adult family members must provide a copy of their Social Security card, and/or a valid government issued Passport. A second document or identification such as Drivers License, Picture ID, etc. is required for all adult members of the household. Copies of birth Certificates are required for all minors.
Household Size – Prospective Residents must accept an apartment based on their household size at move-in per the household size chart below. One pet per household is allowed per the ATL pet policy, including a dog up to 60 Lbs.
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