What happened at the meeting?
It was a general explanation on the mission of art space, dates, qualifications, estimated pricing, design features, apartment dimensions, and building amenities. Anyone can apply to art space affordable housing but artist are given preference.
The Project offers its residents:
spacious 50-one, 30-two and 4-three bedroom live/work units size 680 to 1,279 sq. ft.
each unit has high ceiling, large windows, and durable surfaces
includes up to standard built in simple kitchen, bathrooms and bedroom(s)
on-site washer and dryer facilities
no a/c, the apartments are open sided and claim to take advantage of natural trade winds
creatives commercial space
Spacious outdoor courtyard with playground and community gardens,
On-site management office
Resident parking garage
Shared studio space (optional use)
94 parking stalls
What is Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace Lofts?
This is a mixed-use project consisting of 84 units of affordable rental live/work spaces for artists and their families. It will also have shared community spaces and a new home for for the PA’I Arts and Culture Center. This unique project located near Kaka’ako allows multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multi-disciplinary artist and their families to be more productive and collaborative in pursuit of their artistic goals.
What is Artspace projects inc?
Artspace is non-profit corp whose mission is “to create, foster, and preserve sustainable affordable space for artists and arts organizations.” Artspace has 50 projects in 20 states.
Who can apply to live at Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace Lofts?
Creative individuals and families from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds.
What will range of rent be?
Rents established by HUD for 2018 range from $522 to $1,670, but subject to change based on HUD every year.
How to define low income?
Maximum household income will be based on 60% of the published area median income for Honolulu County. Less than 42,055.80 (as of 2018).
Do residents get priority?
No. The State of Hawaii requires the use of a lottery system. The lottery system does not preference Hawaii residents and there are no units set aside specifically for Hawaii residents.
How is household define?
A household can consist of one or more persons. Members do not have to be related to be a household. At least one household member must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Each adult in household must supply qualifying information. One application as accepted per household. Total household income must fall below maximum income limit. (42,055.80 as of 2018)
Can I sublet my unit?
No, subletting or Airbnb is not allowed in program.
What about insurance?
Residents are strongly encouraged to carry renter’s insurance.
Will artists be able to make and sell works, teach classes, and have space open to public?Your live/work unit is a residential unit to provide a space to create your art. It is not a commercial space for selling your artistic products. A business with regular public hours cannot be operated out of a residential unit. However, building will have commercial space that support these services possibly.
What determines an artist?
An “Artist Selection Committee” formed of diverse artistic residents will be responsible for vetting pre-qualified prospective residents. An artist can be a person who creative imaginative work not limited to painting, sculpture, digital media, performing arts, cooking, hairstyling, fashion, prop-making, furniture, architects, literature, pottery, toys, etc… (list goes on and on) People cannot fake their own body of art to just get a unit.
Should I apply?
Yes. Even if you think you don’t qualify, you might actually do, but you won’t know till you try. Don’t miss out an opportunity when you have a chance to be apart of a supportive and collaborative community. Also, don’t assume someone else probably deserves it more than you do, when you deserve it the most. They also provide free counseling to check if your numbers qualify you.
Application starts January 2019
Building Completion May 2019
Fill Occupancy May 2019
(information was a taken from info packet from meeting, there will be future meetings you can attend to collect your own or ask Janis and she can make a copy of hers to give you. packets includes more specific information not included in this post.)