In 2012, Artspace was invited to Mesa by the community to consult and investigate the feasibility of an Artspace live/work project; this included five community meetings and a six-month long market survey. Artspace was well received by city staff, councilmembers, two mayors, community leaders and neighbors.
Artspace interviewed more than 660 artists in Mesa and the Valley, and received great interest and support for affordable rental housing with a preference for artists in the Mesa downtown community. After unveiling the survey results, Artspace began working closely with the City of Mesa, City of Mesa Arts & Culture Department, the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) and the community as a whole.
Mesa Artspace Lofts will include up to 50 units of artist live/work housing in downtown Mesa at 155 South Hibbert.
The facility will provide artists’ housing, performance/exhibition space, educational space, and creative business space – all in close proximity to public transportation and within an easy 25-minute drive from downtown Phoenix.
Mesa Artspace Lofts will not only provide high-quality housing for families, but a significant economic development impact on the Mesa and Valley communities.
Predevelopment support:JP Morgan Chase and Local Initatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Programmatic support community partners:Mesa Arts Center and NEDCO
Mesa Artspace Lofts will include up to 50 live/work artist units in a combination of studio, one-, two- and three-bedrooms in downtown Mesa.
High-quality housing for artists’ and their families
Creative business space
Close proximity to public transportation
25-minute drive from downtown Phoenix
There will be an estimated 5,000 sq. ft. of commercial space on the first floor of this building.
This property is in pre-development and not yet available for leasing.
The Mesa area artistic community, civic and business leaders and elected officials engaged Artspace in 2012 to complete a preliminary feasibility study to explore the potential for creating a mixed use artist live/work project in 2012. Following on the heals of a successful feasibility study, a market survey of artists and creative businesses was completed in early 2014. Mesa Artspace Lofts is currently in pre-development, with an anticipated projected completion in 2017.
If you are interested in helping make Artspace Mesa Lofts project possible, please contact:
Heidi Kurtze // Vice President // Properties // firstname.lastname@example.org // 612.465.0215
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