In 2010, the CRA purchased a 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse in the Pineapple Grove Arts District for conversion to an arts related use such as an arts center/incubator. The purpose of this project is to encourage visitors and pedestrian activity in the Pineapple Grove area and to enhance Delray’s image as an arts destination. The CRA worked with the nonprofit Creative City Collaborative (CCC) and the private consulting firm Arts Consulting Group (ACG) to develop a community based plan for the facility. The ACG plan concluded that the facility should accommodate uses such as: studios for rent by local and visiting artists; gallery and exhibit space; classroom and workshop space; food preparation area for catering events on site; administrative offices; and space for rent to businesses that will collaborate with and/or provide support services to artists. In June 2014 the CRA selected the local architectural firm of Currie Sowards Aguila to design the improvements to convert the warehouse to the uses outlined in the ACG report. On August 25, 2016, Hatcher Construction & Development, Inc was awarded the contract to renovate the Arts Warehouse. The project is currently under construction and is anticipated to be completed by the summer of 2017. The CRA is currently accepting requests from visual artists who are interested in leasing studio space within the Arts Warehouse.
Photos by: TCR Photography
The goals of the project are:
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