The ArtsXchange St. Pete is a project of the Warehouse Arts District Association. It was conceived as a response to the increasing need for affordable working space for artists within the District and the city.
It started as a dream. A collective vision. An architect's plan. It sounded as if the Warehouse Arts District Association was trying to do the impossible. Buy 50,000 square feet of warehouse property in the heart of Midtown and turn it into affordable art studio space. It was a daunting task when the property was bought in late 2014.
Fundraising was going to have to be aggressive and persistent. There were many public forums to explain what the plan was. How it would work, what it would take. It had to have the support from so many individuals, foundations, organizations, the City of St. Petersburg and the State of Florida to make it happen.
With funding in place, construction began earlier this summer. As in any construction project, especially in one that was restructuring an existing space, adjustments had to be made along the way. But the construction team lead by Admir Avdovic of Huffman General Contractors, kept at it and it is estimated to be ready for occupancy in October. Phase I of the ArtsXchange is just the beginning of the ambitious plan of the Warehouse Arts District Association. Stay tuned....