Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Artspace El Paso Lofts to Open November 2016

Construction is ongoing at the Artspace Lofts site in Downtown El Paso, and residents will be able to move in as soon as November.

This rendering shows what the Artspace El Paso Lofts will look like once completed, scheduled to open in November in Downtown El Paso. (Artspace/HHL Architects)

According to the official website, Artspace will begin taking resident applications on September 1, 2016 from those interested in living in one of the lofts. Officials hope to have the apartments ready for occupancy by mid- to late-November.

The four-story structure will include 51 loft units, 5,000 square feet of multi-purpose nonprofit commercial space, and a large space available for meetings or exhibitions. The property will also include 31 parking spaces.

The Artspace El Paso Lofts, under construction in May at the corner of Oregon Street and Missouri Avenue in Downtown El Paso. (facebook.com/ArtspaceElPasoLofts)

Artspace is a non-profit organization that helps develop affordable housing for artists and their families. Like other developments around the country, the El Paso lofts will be comprised of live/work studio units for artists.

This view from Missouri Avenue in Downtown El Paso shows what the Artspace Lofts will look like once finished, expected by late 2016. (Artspace/HHL Architects)

The Artspace El Paso Lofts are located at the corner of Oregon Street and Missouri Avenue at the site of the former El Paso Saddleblanket store which sat vacant for years. A Doubletree Hotel occupies the western half of the block.

5 comments:

  1. This is amazing! El Paso needs more nice upscale properties like this!

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    1. It is not upscale housing. It is government subsidized apartments for low income artists and their families (1-6 persons family size) . Artists will have use of a large shared workshop/gallery area on the lower floor. Applicants will appear before an artist selection committee to discuss their body of work and commitment to the arts.

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    2. Yet, what about the artists who are having to struggle with their body of work and have to rely on their jobs to make ends meet? Or the illustrators and artists who have a disability and have to depend on their social security benefits to pay for their rent and bills? Would they be able to qualify for it?

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  2. I like the original architectural rendering of the Artspace Lofts,this one is kind of OK but. They trim down the building that was suppose to be five floors to four floors. It took them awhile to break ground and change from a steel structure to only the bottom floor being steel while the three upper floors are made of wood.Regardless we'll take this Artspace Lofts and hopefully they'll build more apartment lofts in downtown from the ground up. Or renovate dilapidated downtown buildings like the American Furniture building,the Caples Building, The International building that was just recently sold to new developers from California.The Banner building across from San Jacinto Plaza will probably be getting some much needed attention in the very near future.

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  3. This is actually a nice change! Something that El Paso can look up to. This Artspace will generate a lot of job for the residents of El paso. Will re-post this one via http://www.smartpaperhelp.com so people living near El Paso will know the upcoming events.

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