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Trinidad Space to Create

200 to 228 West Main Street Trinidad, CO, 81082


Trinidad Space to Create is the demonstration project for Space to Create Colorado, a state-led initiative to create affordable creative sector and workforce housing and workspace in rural Colorado communities. Trinidad is known for its funky character and annual ArtoCade art car event, and the community is devoted to downtown revival efforts. Trinidad Artspace will transform the entire 200 block of downtown Main Street into a dynamic complex that will combine three historic structures with distinct exteriors, linking the second stories of all three with 13 affordable, live/work apartments for creatives. Street-level amenities will feature a “dirty” makerspace for tenants to utilize, and the city’s own, 25,000-square-foot cultural facility. Six blocks away, next to a historic train depot and across from a park, Artspace will construct a brand new building with 28 more units of affordable live/work apartments. This building, just one block off of Main Street, boasts views of the mountains and Purgatory River to provide plenty of inspiration to its residents. Trinidad is informing the eight Space to Create projects that will follow, with towns to be selected for projects via a competitive, state-wide process.

Development Partner: City of Trinidad

Architect: HHL Architects

Funders: Colorado Housing Finance Authority; City of Trinidad; Colorado Department of Local Affairs; History Colorado; Boettcher Foundation; Gates Family Foundation; El Pomar

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