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Lake Worth, In The Heart Of The Arts Offers Affordable Housing A Mile From The Beach For Artists

Have you always wanted to live a mile from the beach but never thought you could afford it?  The Rickie Report shares information about the next phase of live-work homes for artists in Lake Worth’s West Village.  We hope you will share this article with artists around the country, as Palm Beach County’s recognition as a creative hub continues to grow!

 

 

 

 

 

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Background:

 

The Lake Worth CRA developed a strategic approach to redeveloping the district several years ago. The Program to assist with this approach was called the Cultural Renaissance Program. Since that time the name changed to LULA, Lake Worth Arts. While the CRA worked on the development of the LULA program, the Agency also focused on several undertakings. These included the attraction of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council to the downtown, the attraction of an urban Publix, purchase of the 1000 Lake Avenue Building to serve as a future artist/cultural center and the awarding of over $23 Million in Neighborhood Stabilization funds for the development of workforce and affordable housing.

 

 

 

 

The development of the Urban Arts Lofts exemplifies a synergy between the two programs. The Lofts provide much needed live/work space for artists of all disciplines and safe, conveniently-located affordable housing, close to the downtown. The project was certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition. The Agency and its partners believe it is best for the City and for the long term users of these units that funds be spent on keeping the units affordable and includes sustainable materials and elements ensuring low utility costs.

 

 

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Phase 1 was 12 town homes built in 2013. All the original buyers are still residents. The construction of the Urban Arts Lofts (UAL) was a true community development project, consisting of 12, brand new, two-story live/work lofts in the heart of the City of Lake Worth. The three essential elements of this project included: style, sustainability and affordability. The goal of the UAL is to provide workspace along with affordable housing. The complimentary outcomes include the development of lots that had been blighted and underutilized for many years, the development of energy efficient/green units that will help market the City and a real focus on setting the standard for quality opportunity housing within the City. The UAL is located adjacent to public transportation, work opportunities, and natural and cultural amenities. UAL is located on the corner of Lucerne Avenue and F Street in Lake Worth Florida.

 

 

 

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For more information about the artist residents:

The current community periodically opens their studios to the public.

https://www.facebook.com/urbanartslofts/

 

For the application:

The attached application explains the requirements for buyers of Phase 2. The townhomes will be priced from $230,000 up to $245,000. The following is from LULA.

http://www.lakewortharts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=136&Itemid=545

 

 

For more information about this opportunity please contact: 

Michael Pecar, Real Estate Development Director

Neighborhood Renaissance, Inc.

510 24th Street  Suite A

West Palm Beach, FL 33407

cell (305) 401-7405    (561) 832-6776 x 100
(561) 832-0483 fax
michaelp@neighborhoodrenaissance.org
www.neighborhoodrenaissance.org

 

 

 

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