Artspace – Hastings Lofts Project
Artspace – Hastings, MN Concept Drawings (October 2015):
Statement of HPAAC President About:
A Hastings partnership with Artspace to develop a Hastings property would be good for all of us. Artspace has a perfect thirty year history of success. They have never come back to a community requesting additional financing, never leave projects half finished or partially occupied. Completed Artspace projects remain fully occupied with positive revenue flows. Artspace projects attract young, creative people to communities and entrepreneurship, youthful vibrancy follows. Artspace projects put communities and neighborhoods on the map. Because they are a non-profit organization more money stays in the community.
The current stage of a possible Artspace project in Hastings is the completion of 4-6 month market research to determine if an Artspace project would work in Hastings. HPAAC(Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council) has requested $30,000 from The Saint Paul Foundation to complete this research. The Foundation’s decision will be made late November and the study could commence after the holidays for spring completion. At that point, if the research points to success, the decision to proceed with a partnership with Artspace could be made by HEDRA. Other timing factors in Artspace’s preliminary schedule include: the approval by the National Parks Service, designation as a historic site (to secure tax credits), approval by government agencies for housing tax credits, selection of final designs, architects , contractors, and commercial tenants.
Artspace as a nonprofit developer creates community owned projects that require high significant citizen involvement during all steps of the process which also takes time. As a national organization, Artspace very carefully selects 2-3 new projects a year in all of the United States. (One current project is a $56million school renovation in Manhattan.) The Hudson Sprayer Building in the city of Hastings, along with the trails and rivers, other riverfront development and historic pride could become a landmark Artspace partnership.
Success follows careful and thoughtful planning. Communities, large and small, have unused, underdeveloped, and abandoned community development projects along with many successes. A Hudson Building reuse study, commissioned by HEDRA, raised caution and concerns about moving too fast. HPAAC hopes we can be a part of offering Hastings one model, one approach to a successful development.
Plans for Hastings artists cooperative taking shape (Pioneer Press Article: By Nick Ferraro)
Race and housing in the Twin Cities: Don’t underestimate the value of building spaces for artists A recent report did not truly reflect the work we do at Artspace — including our efforts on behalf of artists of color and their families. (StarTribune Article: By Kelley Lindquist)