Construction on the Arts Warehouse is underway.
The Community Redevelopment Agency project has been in the works since the agency purchased the space to convert into an arts incubator in 2010.
Located at 313 NE Third St., the 15,000-square-foot warehouse was purchased for about $1 million. The agency dedicated an additional $2.6 million to build the space out to hold studio space, workshop space and a place for exhibits.
Construction is currently taking place by Hatcher Construction & Development, Inc.
Originally, the Arts Garage, a temporary pilot program, was supposed to move into the Arts Warehouse. But the program at its space at the Old School Square garage flourished and remained in the space. The Arts Garage recently received a five-year-lease from the city.
The city’s cultural plan identified the city’s need for an artist co-op where artists can organize, conduct classes, showcase exhibits and give lectures.
The warehouse will provide budding artists an affordable space to create their wares. Many artists were displaced over the past year after a developer purchased several warehouses in Artists Alley and increased the rent.
The agency is accepting requests from artists who are interested in leasing studio space. To apply, visit the agency’s website and fill out the form.