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Building Art Space into New Multi-use Building

Neighborhood Development Alliance’s (NeDA) mission is to strengthen the vitality of low and moderate income neighborhoods within the City of St. Paul, by creating and preserving housing and business opportunities for residents of all income levels. NeDA will be putting together a development and management budget for developing and owning a mixed-income rental building (about 25 units) with about 5,000 sq. ft. of first floor commercial space. As marketing new, small commercial space takes time, NeDA wishes to build in the cost of utilizing the space as free (or modest rent) to artists and/or arts groups. NeDA is aware of the Starling Project’s goal to transform empty spaces into community asset builders. There are other neighborhoods that are either programming space or windows, such as The Whittier Storefront Project. Virjinie Nadimi, an undergraduate student in Urban Studies, will research whether developers are including offering artists’ a temporary (or permanent home) in new commercial space within mixed-use (commercial/rental) building pro-formas. The results will be used to help implement a portion of the West Side’s updated Community Plan that includes the exploration and development of a “mixed-use art space that creates retail and programmatic arts focused opportunities.”

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Neighborhood Development Alliance
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988

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