Will tenants, economic development come with opening of City Hall Artspace Lofts in Dearborn?

City Hall Artspace Lofts, a new live-work-sell affordable housing community in east Dearborn for artists, their families, and art-related and supporting businesses, is ready for residential and commercial tenants.

The opening is the latest of dozens of similar communities built as economic development projects around the country. The $16.5-million project, which was three years in the marking, is located at 13615 Michigan Ave. in the former Dearborn City Hall.

Artists and prospective tenants are invited to to tour the finished work from 4-5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Click here for tour details.

The mixed-use art campus development spans across three buildings and includes 53 residential units, artist work spaces, gallery space, public performance space, business spaces, and more. They've been carved out of the Georgian revival structure, though many of its historical features have been preserved, including its tall windows that fill the spaces with natural light.

The project was developed by Minneapolis-based nonprofit Artspace, which describes itself as a "leader in artist-led community transformation." Artspace runs a network of more than 35 affordable arts facilities in 15 states and rents over 1,300 affordable live/work spaces to artists across the country. City Hall Artspace Lofts apartments are expected to rent from $581 for a 1-bedroom apartment to $975 for a 3-bedroom. Applicants must meet certain income requirements to be considered. For rental application information, click here.

City Hall Artspace Lofts is located near many of Dearborn's major cultural institutions, including The Henry Ford and the Arab American National Museum, as well as those of downtown and Midtown Detroit.

The successes or failures of City Hall Artspace Lofts' tenants will show organizers such as the East Dearborn Development Authority if the development will succeed in its goal to "build upon Southeast Michigan's heritage as a world center of innovation by creating a new anchor institution for the region's creative economy."

Source: Artspace
Writer: Kim North Shine
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