Artspace to hold meeting for people interested in housing

People interested in learning how to qualify and apply for a residential unit in the new Minot Artspace Lofts are invited to attend an informational meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Taube Museum of Art, across the street from the Artspace building going up at the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street. Artspace anticipates completion at the end of July.

The 34-unit residential building has been designed to meet the space needs of creative individuals and their families. Each unit will have sufficient additional space for an artist’s studio. The project will also contain non-residential space that will be designated for commercial arts-related uses, such as frame shops and galleries and to serve the needs of local arts organizations.

The live/work units will be affordable to households with incomes below 60 percent of median income for Ward County, currently $58,400. The project will have 34 parking spaces, a community room and arts and cultural supported commercial spaces.

The units will include 13 one-bedroom, 13 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom. Rents will fall in the following ranges: one bedroom, $267 to $626; two bedroom, $315 to $746; and three bedroom, $358 to $856.

Wednesday’s meeting will be the first session that Artspace representatives will hold to discuss the project in more detail. Although attendance isn’t mandatory for people interested in applying for housing, people are encouraged to attend Wednesday’s meeting or another upcoming information session.

The housing is open to anyone who is income qualified, although preference will be given to those engaged in the arts.