The City of Hopkins and Artspace are exploring the feasibility of developing new affordable live/work artist housing and creative space in Hopkins.
Artspace is a nonprofit arts organization specializing in creating, owning, and operating affordable spaces for artists and creative businesses. Artspace is based in Minneapolis and has more than 50 projects across the country.
A Preliminary Feasibility Study and Arts Market Study demonstrated a clear need for new space where Hopkins’ creative sector can live, work, and create. Based on this information, the City and Artspace are evaluating the feasibility of an Artspace project on Lot 800, a City-owned property located at 10th Avenue N and 1st Street N.
Preliminary Feasibility Study
In 2017, the City of Hopkins invited Artspace to conduct a Preliminary Feasibility Study to evaluate the potential for affordable live/work space for Hopkins’ creative sector and recommend next steps.
The study found that both affordable live/work housing and space for arts organizations would:
- Build off the momentum of the Downtown Hopkins art scene and anchor an arts district
- Provide a tremendous boost to the reputation and visibility of Hopkins’ art community
- Provide stable, permanently affordable space for the creative sector
- Support creative businesses and nonprofits in Hopkins.
Based on the recommendations of the Preliminary Feasibility Study, an Arts Market Study was conducted in 2018.
Arts Market Study
The 2018 Arts Market Study included an in-depth survey to gauge local and regional artists’ interest in new affordable live/work housing, private workspace, and shared creative and performing arts spaces. There were 249 artist respondents to the survey.
The study showed a market that would support a moderately sized mixed use project, including live/work artist housing, private studio spaces, and shared creative space. Based on these results, the City and Artspace moved to the next predevelopment step, which is feasibility evaluation.
Predevelopment Feasibility Evaluation
The City of Hopkins has identified Lot 800, a City-owned property located at 10th Avenue N and 1st Street N as a good candidate for an Artspace development given its proximity to downtown, Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the future Downtown Hopkins light rail station. In addition, the lot is underutilized for public parking and is zoned for multi-family development. An Artspace development would create taxable value on a site that generates no property tax income today.
The City received a grant from the Metropolitan Council for predevelopment activities, including artist-led community engagement to inform the concept plan for the site. The City is working with Juxtaposition Arts to seek input from the community and will host engagement sessions for people to inform the design, share their ideas, and ask questions.
Artspace has hired BKV Group, a design firm with offices in Minneapolis, to develop the concept and site plan for the project.
Special City Council Work Session
Come hear about what we learned through the community engagement process and see the concept plan for the site that was informed by engagement activities
This information will be presented as part of a special City Council Work Session*.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Hopkins Center for the Arts
*Please note the change in time and location – this meeting replaces the typical 6:30 p.m. work session at City Hall.
The open house included art making, a performance by House of Dance, and short videos on artist housing. People were able to learn more about Artspace and share input.
November 16, 2019
Hopkins Activity Center
Engagement sessions were held in December for people to share their ideas and help us plan.
December 14, 2019
House of Dance
December 16, 2019
Hopkins Center for the Arts