Editor’s note: Read Eric Hope’s exhaustive coverage of this development including photos of the buildings, renderings and plans by clicking here.
CulturalDC, Bozzuto Development and Abdo Development have worked collectively to create the Monroe Street Market, a $200 million mixed-use community in Brookland. The artists and residents will begin occupying the community in 2013. The Monroe Street Market developers, will serve as a liaison to the arts community by activating 27 artist studios, an Arts Walk with an outdoor stage and seasonal art market at the Edgewood Arts Building. The Monroe Street Market is located at the Brookland-CUA metro station.
The Monroe Street Market will feature 27 artist studios ranging in size from 300 to 625 square feet. Ground floor studios line the Arts Walk, providing street front visibility and a prime retail opportunity ideal for artists. Studios will feature porches along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, concrete floors, high ceilings and garage doors. The Edgewood Arts Building, just across the street, is a 3000 square foot flexible arts venue that will serve as a hub for community events and activities, readings, rehearsals and workshops. The Arts Walk will come to life with a seasonal outdoor market that will showcase artists and artisans and an outdoor stage that will feature live performances.
Travis Bowerman, CulturalDC’s Interim Executive Director remarked, “We are looking forward to this project that will further establish Brookland as a destination for arts and a lively creative community. This is an opportunity for us to anchor artists in DC by providing professional and polished spaces to artists at below market rates.”
CulturalDC will solicit proposals from artists of all disciplines for the studio spaces beginning on November 26, 2012 with a deadline of February 1, 2013. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel based on eligibility criteria. The artist studios and other arts components will open in the summer of 2013. Frequently asked questions can be downloaded here.
Artists interested in submitting a proposal are also invited to attend an info session on December 1st at 11am to find out more. Meet at the corner of 7th Street and Monroe St NE for the hard hat tour.