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Artists rally for affordable live work spaces

Artists rally behind new Arts District building with 122 live-work lofts designed for artists

“It’s a milestone in restoring and preserving the community of artists”

Plans for 122 new live-work lofts on the southern edge of the Arts District have breezed through the Los Angeles Planning Commission, buoyed by the support of local artists.

The commission voted unanimously Thursday to endorse the mixed-use project, which will set aside 14 units for tenants with very low incomes. A representative for the building’s developer told the commission that those units will have a “leasing preference” for artists.

“This is an important project, because it’s a milestone in restoring and preserving the community of artists that have given so much to the culture of the city and the country,” said Jonathan Jerald, a member of Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space.

“It’s important that if Los Angeles wants to be the center of the arts community, the city with developers, must provide live-work spaces to artists at prices that artists can afford,” said Miles Hamada, a silkscreen artist. “What is an Arts District without artists?”

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