Artspace, a Minneapolis based not-for-profit firm that develops affordable space for artists and arts organizations, has conducted a prefeasibility study and market study on artist live-work housing in Rock Island. Artspace indicates “the findings clearly support a small to moderately sized live/work project in Rock Island.” More specifically, the survey found that 81 artists are interested in relocating to a live/work project and 119 artists are interested in renting studio or workspace. The Artspace expertise is in creating affordable live/work space for artists and they believe that a project of up to 27 units is market feasible. To read the Artspace studies and reports click here.
Veterans and Special Needs Housing
GROWTH has taken its first steps toward building a planned unit development that will include permanent and supportive housing for veterans and individuals with special needs. The campus-like residential area with in-house social services will be located along 5th adn 7th Avenues and 12th and 13th Street in Rock Island.
Approximately 16 single-room-occupancy units and 12 to 16 townhomes are planned for development along 6th Avenue between 12th and 13th Street. GROWTH is working with local partners including the City of Rock Island, Robert Young Center, Rock Island County Court Services, Veterans Affairs, and many other local partners to create a development for veterans that will closely link housing and supportive services.