By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The Artspace development team, the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority and the city will host their first public information sessions for the city hall lofts.
The first session is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 21 at the Bryant Library, 22100 Michigan Ave., for organizations and creative businesses interested in leasing commercial space in the mixed-use arts campus.
The second session will be at 6 p.m. July 21 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Club Room One, 15801 Michigan Ave., for artists interested in applying for live and work housing.
Information about the application process, income and eligibility criteria and more about living in an Artspace building will be available for prospective tenants.
“The information sessions are a good way to release details to prospective commercial and residential tenants interested in the project,” said Becky Carlson St. Clair, project manager for Artspace Property Development.
Additional information sessions will be scheduled and posted at artspace.org/Dearborn in the coming months with dates, times and locations.
The completed $16.5 million arts campus project will include 53 apartment units made up of affordable live and work space for artists and their families.
Also included are studios, co-working space for entrepreneurs and artists, incubator space, creative businesses, a live-and-work unit for an artist-in-residency program, and galleries.
The city hall Artspace lofts complex consists of three buildings: the City Hall Building, the West Annex Building and the Concourse.
The City Hall and West Annex buildings will be used for the residential units, community room, outdoor patio and corridor art galleries.
The Concourse Building connects City Hall and the West Annex and will provide small business incubator space, art galleries, community meeting and classroom space, office space and individual co-working studios.
“We hope to move residents in the building by January of next year,” St. Clair said. “The commercial building will be completed by the end of next year.”
Construction on the residential portion project began in December 2014 and is slated for completion in December of this year.
“All the environmental abatement work has been completed and the rooms have been framed,” St. Clair said. “Next we’ll be putting in the installation and dry wall, mechanical and electrical systems followed by kitchen and bathroom installations.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)