Minot has been known as the “Magic City” since it first sprang up, seemingly overnight, in the late 1800s. Over the last decade, an oil boom has brought many new arrivals, generating a severe shortage of affordable housing. This shortage was compounded in 2011 by a flood of the Souris River, the worst in Minot’s history, which damaged more than 4,000 homes, many beyond repair.
Minot is committed to engaging its arts community as a core asset in its rebuilding process, deploying creativity and sweat equity to spur complementary development. Minot Artspace Lofts — the first new building in downtown Minot in 30 years — serves as an arts anchor with 34 units of affordable live/work space where artists can create, increase their income and establish roots in the heart of Minot.
The $9.4 million project includes a gallery operated by the Turtle Mountain Tribal Arts Association for the exhibition and sale of works by Chippewa, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Sioux artists, including regalia, beadwork, quillwork and baskets. The Children’s Music Academy of Minot, located on the first floor, and specializes in quality music education, benefiting thousands of young children.
National Equity Fund North Dakota Housing Financing Agency Wells Fargo Bank
ArtPlace America Artspace Bremer Bank Ford Foundation Minot Area Community Foundation Otto Bremer Foundation
City of Minot
North Dakota Department of Commerce – Community Services Division
North Dakota Department of Commerce – Tourism Division
North Dakota Housing Finance Agency - Housing Incentive Fund
Souris Basin Planning Council US Bank USDA Rural Development
"This is one of the most impressive projects I have seen nationally.”— Roberta Uno, Ford Foundation
"We expect Artspace to be a mainstay of Minot's downtown art culture for years to come, providing a focal point for artists and patrons of the arts." — Minot Daily News
The Minot Artspace Lofts is a new construction project that anchors the downtown Minot central business district. The site is located at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue (formerly the site of the Leland Parker Hotel). The 34-unit residential building is designed to meet the space needs of creative individuals and their families. Each unit has sufficient additional space for an artist’s studio.
The project contains non-residential space that will has been designated for commercial arts-related uses to serve the needs of local arts organizations including Children’s Music Academy, Minot Area Council for the Arts and a gallery run by the Turtle Mountain Tribal Arts Association.
Minot Artspace Lofts serves as an anchor for continued investment in the creative economy – its of particular importance in this community where they are fighting the “boom town” mentality. The investment by Artspace creates permanent, affordable and sustainable space.
Minot Artpsace Lofts offers 3,034 square feet of retail/commercial space and 1,547 square feet of exhibition/gallery/community space.
Minot Artspace Lofts is fully leased and wait list applications are being accepted. Please download the Minot Artspace Information Packet and Application Packet or call 1st Minot Management at 701.839.7505 to be added to the wait list.
The live/work units are affordable to households with incomes below 60% of median income for Ward County (median income currently $58,400). The project has 31 parking spaces, a community room and arts and cultural supported commercial spaces.
Minot Artspace Lofts provides 34 live/work Units (13 one bedrooms, 13 two bedrooms, 8 three bedrooms)
Rental Rates: 1-Bedroom: $267 - $6262-Bedrooms: $315 - $7463-Bedrooms: $358 - $856
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