Delray Beach CRA to renovate warehouse for art-related businesses

Delray Beach CRA to renovate warehouse for art-related businesses

15:16 04 June in News Stories, Press Room
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By Brian Bandell, South Florida Business Journal

June 2, 2015

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The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency wants a general contractor to help it convert a warehouse just north of downtown into a workspace and gallery for artists and related businesses.

The city’ planning and appearance board approved the site plan on May 27 for what’s been preliminarily called the Art Warehouse and Art Cube. An adaptive reuse of the 18,013-square-foot facility is planned that would include interior renovations, brick pavers, exhibition space, a classroom and a food area.

“As Delray Beach has progressed it’s become an arts and culture destination and we’ve developed programs to enhance the arts,” Delray Beach CRA Director Jeff Costello said. “We have found there was a need for affordable space for artists. These businesses can get established there and then move into more permanent space.”

The CRA bought the property at 313 N.E. 3 rd Street for $1.1 million in 2010. It hired Currie Sowards Aguila Architects to craft the redevelopment plan. The estimated construction cost is $2.5 million, according to city documents.

Soon the CRA will issue bid documents seeking a general contractor for the project, which could break ground after October 1, Costello said.

The building would have space for artists to work and exhibit in a gallery. It would also have offices and a small space for an art-related business incubator, he said. That could include any businesses that provide support services for the arts.

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