Calling all painters, poets, writers, musicians, and other artistically inclined Hamilton residents: Upcoming leasing information sessions will tell you all you need to know about moving into the Artspace Hamilton Lofts in spring 2015.
Nonprofit developer Artspace will host two upcoming information sessions to provide leasing information, give an update on the building’s renovation, and begin the pre-leasing process ahead of an application period tentatively set for February. The sessions are set for 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford, and 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument St., Hamilton.
According to Artspace Director of Property Development Sarah White, Messer Construction workers are putting windows and framing at 22 High St., continuing exterior renovation work, and installing HVAC, electrical conduits and plumbing.
“(The leasing sessions) are a great opportunity to ask questions about how to rent a unit,” she said. Local artists who are interested in renting one of the 42 live/work units or setting up shop among the 3,000-plus square feet of ground-floor commercial space can find information on the income limits for each household type — the $11.2 million project offers priority low-income housing to artists with an established body of work, although non-artists can apply with lower priority — on the Artspace Hamilton Lofts website at artspace.org.
“I think people feel like it’s still really far away, but the application process is fairly extensive and the spaces are first come, first served,” said Jenn Acus-Smith, local artist and education coordinator for the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts. “If they want a spot with more windows or high ceilings for example, they need to get locked in early.”