West Palm Beach CRA Gears Up for Exciting Year

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 27, 2011)  The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) couldn’t be more excited about their upcoming projects.  After nearly six years of redeveloping Northwood Village, the funky, eclectic area just two miles north of downtown West Palm Beach, the time has come for even more transformations and a focus on connecting that community with Pleasant City.

Among the projects is LOT 23, an art-centric neighborhood-scale artist colony. At build-out, the project will be comprised of two four-unit apartment buildings, and a studio space for artists to create their next masterpiece.

“We envision a diverse mix of artists utilizing the studio space, including artists who live off-site.” says CRA Project Manager Grace Joyce.  “We want to see artists of all types including visual, ceramics, sculpture, poetry, music, dance and everything in between.” The studio space will also provide areas for smaller performances and events as well as a retail component.

A large part of the mission of this project is for artists to provide educational and outreach opportunities for the surrounding communities.  To ensure the largest impact, the artist’s rent will be subsidized in exchange for a minimum number of community service hours on various projects where they will be utilizing their artistic talent to enhance community schools, events, businesses and neighborhood projects.

The CRA is currently working on the criteria for the artists.  It is anticipated that classes for both children and adults will be held in the studio space and possibly outdoors on the site.

The CRA also owns three buildings adjacent to LOT 23 and are working on transforming those properties into a restaurant, open public space and an art gallery that many of the artists of LOT 23 will work in as part of their community service.

For more information about LOT 23 and other CRA projects, please visit www.wpbcra.org or contact Kate Volman at kvolman@wpb.org or (561) 822-1551.