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Artist Space Guide

A Guide for Creating and Preserving Affordable Artist Spaces

These pages are designed to help you think through the process of creating and preserving affordable artist spaces. This guide can be applied to a variety of creative spaces such as maker space, incubator space, rehearsal space, communal kitchens, and more. For simplicity’s sake, we refer to all these types of spaces as “artist space”.

The process of real estate acquisition and development is challenging for anyone, even those with years of experience. The following resources will help both novices and experts navigate the many aspects of real estate acquisition, finance, development, and management.

Getting Started

Making the case in your community, Is this building right for artists?, Acquisition checklist

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Residential and commercial leases, Co-ops and condo structures

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Zoning, Code, and Permitting

An established process for quality control and code compliance

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Pre-development costs, Proformas, Tax credits, Short/Long-term financing

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Design and Construction

Phases of the design-build process, Working with architects, Builders and the code

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Marketing, Selling/Leasing space, Subletting, Governance, Taxes

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