Ground was broken in October 2011 for the 55 units of live/work housing for artists. It is a 14.5 million dollar project in downtown Elgin at the corner of Spring a Fulton streets, formally owned and used by Elgin Community College as a downtown campus. The city swapped out land with the college for this 1908 Sears and Roebuck building for conversion, plus development of a new three story structure next door.
|Old Sears & Roebuck Building on the corner of Spring and Fulton Streets formally used by Elgin Community College|
"building better communities through the arts"
The Elgin project will be Artspace’s second in Illinois, the other being the 24-unit Switching Station Artist Lofts in Chicago that have been in operation since 2003.
|The atrium under construction where a new huge sky light will be installed|
|View from the balcony overlooking the construction of the atrium|
In addition to housing, the old Sears building will hold 5,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor along with community space, including a gallery, for use by the project’s residents.
“This will be the centerpiece for downtown and define Elgin as an arts community,” - said Mayor Dave Kaptain.
|Commercial space under construction on the first floor along Spring Street|
... the mayor would like to hold an advance ribbon cutting in early August, timed to the annual Art & Soul on the Fox event that draws hundreds of people downtown.
To qualify for a unit, an artist’s annual income must be at 60 percent or less of the Chicago area median income, which means $30,060 a year for a single person and $45,060 or less for a family of four. Rents will range from $329 for a studio to $1,027 for a three-bedroom place.
To get on the interest list, visit www.artspaceelgin.org or email project coordinator Heidi Kurtze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin posted this very good youtube video(click on the link below):
ARTspace Elgin YouTube video