I am part of a grassroots campaign to save an old arcade complex here in Dayton, Ohio (I have linked to the website for the campaign at my profile, I think).
For a brief visual description of the arcade complex click here and here
As a contribution to this campaign, I am working on is researching different uses for the buildings, and examples of adaptive re-use in other citys. One of the things I want to explore as a possibility is the use of the upper floors of the arcade buildings for affordable housing for artists, to creat a small art colony of sorts in a portion of the complex.
The complex was originally built with apartments on the upper floors of some of the buildings, so I was thinking this would be a possibilty.
I am curious for some examples in other citys of adaptive reuse for artist live/work space, including some form of rent subsidy or rent control, and how the financing of this works, how the rents are subsidized or made affordable.
One well-known example is the Westbeth building in New York City, which I will be researching further. I am curious if there are other, similar examples in other citys.
Your alls help or advice would be greatly appreciated