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Elgin Artspace Lofts grand opening June 27

Updated: July 22, 2013 6:59PM

ELGIN — A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration will be held Thursday, June 27, for the new Elgin Artspace Lofts at 51 S. Spring St.

The event marks the official opening of the project, a $15.2 million mixed-use building downtown with 55 units of affordable live/work space for artists and their families, plus more than 5,000 square feet of nonresidential and community space for arts-friendly businesses and nonprofit organizations. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m., with brief remarks scheduled for 6 p.m.

A number of local officials and sponsors will be on hand for the celebration, which will include performances by local artists and open art studios. Scheduled performers include Elgin Artspace residents Ben Rocha, Jonathan Bolda, Alex Raleigh and Charmaine Mcallister.

There will be tours of Artspace Lofts from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as resident artists open their studios to guests attending the event.

Elgin Artspace Lofts is a mix of historical preservation and new construction. It is fully occupied, features numerous amenities for its resident artists, and is expected to be a catalyst for further development in downtown Elgin, according to a release from the city.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the opening of Elgin Artspace Lofts the same week we celebrate the opening of the Karcher Artspace Lofts in nearby Waukegan,” said Artspace president Kelley Lindquist. “Artspace is dedicated to creating and preserving affordable space for individual artists and arts organizations, and both of these projects are wonderful assets for the artists residents of both communities.”

According to the release, for more than 30 years Artspace has brought its expertise to more than 200 cultural facility planning efforts from coast to coast. Of these projects, 33 have been developed and are owned and operated by Artspace itself, representing a unique, $600 million investment in America’s arts infrastructure.

The release described the Minnestota-based organization as America’s leading developer of arts facilities. To date, it has completed nearly 2,000 affordable live/work units for artists and their families as well as more than a million square feet of nonresidential space for artists and arts organizations.

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