PSA: The Quarters Project Information Session

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PSA: The Quarters Project Information Session

Calling all professional artists & non-profit arts professionals

Arts Habitat Association and Artists Urban Village – a chapter of PAL Canada invite you to a Meet & Greet Information Session. 

When:               Monday, Nov.  21 at 7:00 p.m.
Location:          Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
                        Suite 251
                        2nd floor, Commerce Place
                        10150 Jasper Avenue
(Persons with limited mobility will find access on the main floor near the elevator from the parkade, someone will be there to direct you.)

The Quarters Project is a response to the proven need for affordable housing options for low-income professional artists and the increasingly critical need in Edmonton’s arts and cultural community for affordable, appropriate and sustainable work space. We envision a community that will house individual artists and arts organizations in a uniquely creative mixed-use facility, an urban arts village.

Located at the corner of 102A Avenue and 96 Street in the Quarters Downtown only two blocks from the core of the arts district including the Citadel Theatre, the Winspear Centre, the Art Gallery of Alberta and one block from the proposed new LRT station.  The City of Edmonton has identified this project as an ideal catalyst for the redevelopment of the Quarters Downtown. 

The project will be a sustainable development that will provide home and studio space for multi-generational, mixed-income artists of all artistic disciplines above three floors of space for non-profit arts organizations. The project will contain up to 60 residential units combining live/work and/or separate studio options, single or family size units, equity and non-equity affordable units.  The form of tenure will be modeled on the cooperative structure.  One floor could be designated as assisted living with supports for residents thus allowing them to age in place.  Common areas are crucial for the creation of community and so we envision a communal kitchen and dining area, a shared library, workshop and community garden.

We consider the following principles of utmost importance- it must be:

  • Arts focused
  • Multi-generational
  • Community based
  • Diverse
  • Innovative residential and studio configurations
  • Environmentally and economically sustainable

Design considerations unique to arts uses will include:

  • Flexible residential and studio configurations
  • Quality of indoor air (ventilation)
  • Quality of building acoustics and sound proofing
  • Floor load (weight considerations)
  • Freight elevator
  • Accessibility

We need your input!  Be part of the imagining!  Attend our Meet & Greet to learn more from representatives of Artists Urban Village, Arts Habitat, the City of Edmonton, and our architect, Vaughan Hoy of Kasian Architecture. 

Enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles and learn more about this exciting new development!

RSVP by Nov. 16 to [email protected] 

For further information please contact:
Linda Huffman, Executive Director, Arts Habitat Association
780 932-3676