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Artspace Opens in Michigan City

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Once known as the Warren Building, the seven-story building has been converted into theArtspace Uptown Artist Lofts. The inside has been renovated to offer 44 live/work units specifically targeted towards artists. Now with higher ceilings, more natural light sources, and wider doorways and elevators (to allow easier transportation of equipment), the building has been redesigned to support its future tenants. But the history of the building remains in select details, like a winding staircase that runs from the first floor all the way to the seventh floor community room.

The new design also includes commercial and gallery space.

Residential applications are now being accepted for the building’s studio and one- and two-bedroom units. Pricing is on a sliding scale between $327 and $843 based on income. The pricing model is meant to accommodate low-income artists and their families. The building administrators hope to allow tenants to begin moving in this month.

According to Rich Murphy, a former city councilman who was part of bringing Artspaceto Michigan City, this is a project that has been in development for approximately eight years. Funding was a major obstacle, but the combination of city support, private and corporate contributions and tax credits made it possible for the Artspace organization (which supports these projects nationwide) and the rest of those involved to bring the concept into reality.


Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts