Artspace, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit developer for affordable housing for artists, is calling on the creative community to take a 10-minute online survey to determine demand in downtown Hopkins. The survey link is hopkinsartspace.org.
The survey is not limited to Hopkins residents. Anyone who lives within a 50-mile radius who might be interested in relocating to this development if it were to be built in Hopkins is encouraged to take the survey.
The organization conducted a study and focus groups, which revealed interest in a building with a few floors of housing, community gathering space and private studio space.
Seven potential sites were toured. The top three sites were the Katherine Curren school, the “Raspberry sculpture site” (26-30 Eighth Ave. N.) and the Downtown Park parking lot/900 building. These sites will be prioritized as conversation progresses. All of the sites on or near Mainstreet, within walking distance to Hopkins Center for the Arts and a one-half mile from anticipated light rail stations.
There is a demand for studio space in the west metro, according to Aneesha Marwah, the organization’s consulting and strategic partnerships manager.
“Artists say they have to drive to northeast Minneapolis for studios. They don’t want to traverse the cities for space,” Marwah said.