El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is a community-driven project which will transform an abandoned public school building in East Harlem into an arts facility with 90 affordable live/work housing for artists and their families and 13,000 square feet of complementary space for arts organizations.
PS109 is an amazing building. Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder and completed in 1898, this structure is five stories tall with a steeply pitched roof. Exterior details include several copper-clad cupolas and a wealth of decorative terra cotta. After the building was boarded up in 1995, much of the terra cotta was removed; it has been restored as part of the project.
PS109 will contain 90 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families with 3,000 square feet available for a resident gallery in addition to 10,000 square feet of non-residential space for arts and cultural organizations on the ground floor and lower level. It will serve the El Barrio community by creating permanently affordable housing in a neighborhood at risk of gentrification. To help the area retain its traditional Latino identity, Artspace will reserve at least 50% of the units for current El Barrio residents.
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A comprehensive set of SAMPLE compliance forms are now available for download below. These forms are provided to give prospective applicants a more detailed idea of what information will be required of them in the application process. We encourage you to "practice" with these forms so you can be prepared for the application process. Download sample forms here.
When official applications become available, applicants will have approximately 60 days to file applications at NYC Housing Connect. Please take time to make sure you've filled out the application in full! It doesn't matter if you file in the first week or the final week, all applications received will be entered into a lottery. Also, only submit ONE application. Multiple applications are grounds for disqualification.
We had two successful information sessions in April, with approximately 100 people in attendance. Info sessions are scheduled for May 14 and May 28 - event information here. Please get the word out to your networks!
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