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Metro Brief: Brookland Artspace Lofts is home for artists, their families

On November 7, 2011

The grand opening of Brookland Artspace Lofts was celebrated city officials last week at 3305 8th Street, NE in Ward 5. The lofts provides 41 units of affordable live/work housing units for artists and their families. This site also includes gallery and studio space for tenants pursuing entrepreneurial enterprises. The units will be affordable to households earning less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income. DancePlace and Artspace partnered to serve as the developer for this unique project.

"This project allowed DHCD to provide affordable housing for a targeted and underserved community," said Hall."Artists and other members of the creative class tend to be active in their communities. It was great to see the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the residents."

The event also included a dedication ceremony for its community space, The Victor L. Selman Community Gallery, named in honor of former DHCD Chief Operating Officer who passed away last year. He was instrumental in the building project.Following the ceremony, the residents held an open house, where they opened their homes and displayed their work.

DHCD provided $657,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding and $3.1 million in Tax Credit Assistance Program funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) toward this project.

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