Artspace Projects joined with community partners in Mesa this morning for a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the start of construction on the Mesa Artspace Lofts at 155 S. Hibbert.
“Artspace will be an excellent addition to downtown Mesa,” Mayor John Giles said. “The proximity of this project to the Mesa Arts Center will connect artists directly to Mesa’s growing arts and culture community.”
The Minneapolis-based nonprofit Artspace, in partnership with the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) and the city of Mesa, is developing the Mesa Artspace Lofts, a mixed-use arts project blending 50 units of live/work housing for artists and their families, space for non-profit partners and space for community events and gatherings. This project is a Transit Oriented Development site located a block from the new light rail corridor, near major arts and culture assets and other downtown amenities. Construction on Mesa Artspace Lofts begins in late May with an anticipated completion in early 2018.
“We have been anxiously awaiting the addition of Artspace to downtown Mesa. As a leader in developing quality projects for the arts community, we are thrilled to have Artspace build this creative space to help foster growth in the arts economy in downtown,” said District 4 Councilmember Chris Glover. “Mesa will join a prestigious list of cities like Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans and Portland, just to name a few, who are proud homes to Artspace communities.”
Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) Director Michael Trailor added: “Artspace Lofts provides a unique affordable live/work opportunity in downtown Mesa for thriving artists to live and pursue their craft.”
This is Artspace’s first project in Arizona and the 50th nationwide. Funding for the project has come from ADOH, JP Morgan Chase, LISC Phoenix, the Arizona Community Foundation, Mesa HOME Funds, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and Raymond James.
“Artspace is thrilled that our first Arizona project will create permanent affordable spaces for artists and their families in downtown Mesa,” said Artspace President Kelley Lindquist. “The partnership and support between Artspace, NEDCO, the city and Mesa Arts Center has been tremendous and we are especially grateful to the city for their vision and leadership to help us make this project a reality.”