A national nonprofit known for developing buildings into live/work studios for artists is on its way to Tacoma, planning to study whether it could happen here.
Artspace will do a feasibility study May 9 and 10, and there’s a community meeting May 9 at 7 p.m. to meet Artspace representatives and share ideas.
My colleague Rosemary Ponnekanti wrote more about this over at GO Arts:
What’s Artspace? If you’ve wandered around Seattle’s Pioneer Square, you’ll have seen their most famous Seattle development in the Tashiro Kaplan lofts. One of the driving forces behind the historic area’s renaissance in the 1990s, the building houses King County arts agency 4 Culture, 15 independent galleries and a coffee shop on street level, plus 50 affordable studios where artists can live and do their work with plentiful light and space. Other Artspace developments in the Northwest include the Hiawatha lofts and in-construction Mt. Baker Station lofts in south Seattle, and lofts in Everett and Portland.
This sort of thing has long been discussed as one way the Brewery District might be used. Frankly, it seems a natural to me.