Artspace offers an inside look at building to come

With an anticipated opening only about a month and a half away, Minot Artspace Lofts opened its doors to give its downtown neighbors and others a sneak peek Wednesday.

“We are still looking at the building being ready to move in as early as mid-August,” said Jean Kramer-Johnson, asset manager for Artspace.

The $9.4 million project is about a month and a half ahead of its construction schedule. Loeffler Construction is general contractor.

Located at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue, Minot Artspace Lofts will have 34 units of one, two or three bedrooms. As affordable housing, rents will be based on each tenant’s income. There will be 16 garage parking spaces and 16 outdoor spaces.

So far, Artspace has received 27 applications from potential renters. Applications still are being accepted.

“We are encouraging anyone to apply,” Kramer-Johnson said. “We do have an artist preference in place, but if people that don’t identify as artists wish to apply, that’s completely OK.”

Anyone interested in applying can sign up with 1st Minot Management or obtain an application at (www.artspaceminot.org) to send to the management company. Applicant interviews are expected to begin in mid-July.

The first floor of the building, with access off Main Street, will house a Native American arts gallery and art supply shop, Children’s Music Academy and offices for the Minot Area Council for the Arts. The music academy teaches music appreciation and fundamental music skills to children as young as age 3.

There also will be gallery space in the main floor lobby for resident artists and a sky-lit community room on the fourth floor for residents’ use and for special events.