Across America, cities are discovering ways to tap into their local arts community to spur economic development, foster job creation, and create a more unique sense of place. More than 400 local artists in El Paso responded to a survey indicating their interest in an Artspace-style project providing access to permanently affordable, high quality space to live and work. In partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation and the City of El Paso, Artspace transformed a vacant lot downtown into an arts destination animated by artists and creative businesses, helping to rejuvenate a challenged neighborhood. This beautiful new building blends 51 affordable live/work units for artists and their families with 5,000 square feet of multi-purpose nonprofit commercial space and a large community room.
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the City of El Paso, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Wells Fargo Bank, The El Paso Community Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Meadows Foundation.
Special thanks to Chris Cummings and Katherine Brennand for orchestrating Artspace's arrival in El Paso, and for securing the development site.
ASA Architects and HHL Architects
Jordan Foster Construction, YAX Consulting and Design, 360 Engineering, Robinet Electrical Engineering, Inc HKN Engineers, and UAH Property Management
51 live/work units
These types of projects not only generate a place for artists to live and to showcase their work. They tend to attract other types of businesses drawn to the location by the concentration of people. It’s a tried and proven model.
How to apply:
1. Learn about requirements and download an application below.
2. Make an appointment: 915.881.3364
3. Bring your completed materials to:
UAH Property Management,
at Villas at West Mountain,
601 N Oregon Street,
El Paso, TX 79901
Contact: Ish-shah Alarcon
You must bring the following when you apply:
1. A completed and signed rental application
(this includes the signed page stating whether or
not your household meets the artist preference).
2. Application fee of $14 per adult in your household
in a money order or cashier’s check made payable to Artspace El Paso Lofts. No personal checks are accepted.
NOTE: Applications will be date and time stamped and entered into a log. There will be no application review at the time you drop off your application. You will be contacted to set up an appointment for application review.
Each loft has a preference for practicing artists, and applicants meeting the established household income and background qualifications will meet with an artist selection committee to talk about their body of work and commitment to the arts. Learn More
For leasing information contact Lucas Koski at firstname.lastname@example.org
To view floorplans, please visit the Property Features tab.
List of Documents Required for Application (English) (pdf, 60 KB)
List of Documents Required for Application (Spanish) (pdf, 77 KB)