Monday, January 21, 2008

Mtg Tues for 241 A Street

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The Fort Point Cultural Coalition (FPCC), Spaulding Tougias Architectes, and Superior Dining have formed a partnership and are attempting to develop 241 A St. (to be 40 Channel Center St). They're hosting an introductory community meeting on Tuesday to discuss the project:

Introductory Meeting for 241 A st.

January 22nd6pm
Midway Studios (15 Channel Center St.)

"The building is envisioned as a space for local firms (we have priced it and been marketing to mostly local design firms), a home for STA who has been in the neighborhood for 14 years, a restaurant on the first floor and a subsidized/reduced rent on the lower level for a direct arts use. We have also started some conversations about public art. At this point, as you can imagine there are a lot of unknowns and the planning is now beginning in earnest, but it seemed to make sense to start talking as soon as possible."

FPCC was founded in 1999 to "preserve, promote and expand the cultural community of Fort Point, by securing permanent, affordable space for neighborhood artists and arts organizations." The most tangible results of their work is Midway Studios at 15 Channel Center, which provides 89 live/work studios for artists. The project has a been a huge success, allowing a number of artists to remain in Fort Point and others to move into the neighborhood. There was concern over their choice of tenant for the large theater space. Neighbors were in an uproar when Longwood Events signed a lease for Artistry, a 1,200-person wedding and corporate events business. However, because of the community's concern, Longwood's owner, Jim Apteker, was never able to get a liquor license for the venue and backed out.

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