New Downtown Building in Edmonton Will Cater To The Artsy SetPosted by Yoofi Gerard Hagan on Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 6:55pm.
The Artists Quarters will also welcome residents of all ages. A little youth does stimulate the mind, and in many respects reversing or minimizing the aging process. The building itself will offer four floors of space for studios, shops and art groups, all on the bottom floors. The remainder of the building will be a mix of affordable and market priced properties suitable for seniors, singles and families.
Shirley Serviss, one of those promoting the development thinks that older performers and others in the various visual arts will be most attracted to the facility. Increased ventilation, soundproofing and other improvements allow residents to paint or practice musical instruments without bothering the neighbours.
The proposed building is close to the downtown arts scene, which is also a plus. The location is 102 A Avenue at 96th Street, once the site of the Mount Royal Hotel which was recently demolished.
The fact that all ages will be welcome makes Artists Quarters unique. Other artist retirement centres do exist in Vancouver and Toronto, but those are for retirees only. The building will be more of an artist’s village rather than a place where old artists reside.
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