Artists, rejoice! There are plans to construct work space and housing for artists in Arlington County. UrbanTurf reported that Minneapolis-based nonprofit Artspace and the Arlington Foundation for Arts and Innovation (AFIA) are planning the space
AFIA will pay for the project, while Artspace conducts the preliminary study. According to UrbanTurf, the project may end up in one of the following Virginia neighborhoods: Columbia Pike, Crystal City, Virginia Square, Courthouse, or Shirlington.
In order to get the public involved, there are four focus groups planned. There will also be walk-throughs of the neighborhoods in order to ensure the best possible site is chosen.
In April, Artspace is expected to share a report that will indicate whether the project is doable. UrbanTurf predicts the project to take between three to five years. Currently, there are no renderings available for the project.
While Artspace is conducting the study, it is also currently working on a new arts and cultural hub in Silver Spring, Maryland. This project will feature 68 affordable live/work units and 11 townhouses. The architect for the $22.5 million project is BKV Group.
• A Move to Bring Artist Housing to Arlington County [UrbanTurf]