The Artspace project has been discussed for years in Minot, weaving its way through a variety of planned starts and stops along the way.
Finally, the project is about to become reality.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for August on the $8.4 million residential and commercial building in downtown Minot. It's been a long time coming.
The Minot Artspace Lofts will be built on what is currently a parking lot at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue. Testing will be done at the site, where the Leland Parker Hotel once stood. The building will include 34 live/work units, and each will have roughly 200 square feet designed to be artist's studios. The four-story, 50,279-square-foot building will also house a community room and commercial spaces for cultural-related uses.
The living units will be available to households with incomes below 60 percent of median income for Ward County, which currently is $58,400.
We're excited to see the project finally become reality. We've seen enough drawings and blueprints, and heard enough positive discussion and predictions, only to be disappointed by news of yet another delay in the project. The Artspace project will be a great addition to downtown, and to the community's art culture.