By Kyle Harris, Westword | Artspace’s plan to build 85 units of affordable housing and 3,000 square feet of workshop and performance space for artists in the RiNo Art District has collapsed. For years, when asked what they were doing to help creatives being pushed out of the city by increasing rent, Denver officials would point to the Artspace project.
But now that’s out.
Staffers at Artspace, a Minneapolis-based real estate nonprofit devoted to solving space problems for artists around the country, had worked on this Denver concept for more than a decade; now they’re back at the drawing board. Meanwhile, Artspace has realized huge successes in other states, and the group has already developed a project in Loveland, with two more in the works in Colorado: one in Trinidad and another in Ridgway. The nonprofit is also two years into a partnership with the City of Aurora.
So what went wrong in Denver?