Brookland Artspace Lofts grand opening Tuesday, Oct. 25

From a press release:

“Entertainment, refreshments, studio tours, and dedication of the Victor L. Selman Community Gallery will be part of the festive grand opening celebration of the Brookland Artspace Lofts on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Located at 3305 Eighth Street N.E. in the Brookland neighborhood, Brookland Artspace Lofts is a mixed-use arts facility developed by Artspace Projects, the nation’s leading developer of space for artists and arts organizations.

The $13.2 million project contains 39 affordable rental units, each with both residential and studio space, for artists and their families. It also has a rehearsal studio, classroom, and office space designed to serve Dance Place, which occupies the building next door; a community gallery on the main floor; and a full green roof installed and maintained by DC Greenworks. Tuesday’s event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a Drum Call and Gathering performed by the Cuban salsa dance troupe DC Casineros. The formal program will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a welcome by the Honorable Mayor Vincent Gray. Artspace Director of Properties Heidi Kurtze will host the evening. The event will also include a performance by Coyaba Dance Theater, a West African dance company will.”

Do you like the way the building turned out? We judged the rendering back in Sept. ’10.

8 Comment

  • As someone who rehearses in the new dance studio a couple days/week, I give it a thumbs up!

  • it’s kind of amazing how brookland has never been the cool place. maybe it’s catholic university, maybe it’s the lack of density.i don’t know. it’s strange though. cool comercial strip with a great amont of potential. metro accesible. great park and rec center. 2 colleges. major bus hub. just strange it’s never jelled over there.

    are there no major property holders? what’s holding this area back?
    too suburban?

    • There is a massive redevlopment plan in the works for the area; this is only a small part. The St. Paul’s College EYA development is currently underway and tons more to come…Brookland will be a whole new place in two-three years.

    • I don’t get it either, Brookland is a great neighborhood and it’s got a red line stop. A lot of the Catholic U buildings and the Holy Redeemer College make it a really unique and beautiful part of the city.

      • is a redline stop meaningful?

        if anything, i’d say the green line is the golden ticket anymore.

        but let’s face it, the trains are for commuters.
        it doesn’t really matter what line you are on. if you don’t have the cool kids in your hood, you dont have a cool hood. not a lot of cool kids in brookland.

  • LOVE the building!!!

    Now if only I was an artist…

  • which artists got the spaces?

  • I’ve been by it, it looks like a technical college. I don’t see the building aging well alongside its surrounding.

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