By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The Artspace city hall lofts will begin accepting tenant applications at the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority office, 13750 Michigan Ave. beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 25.
Artspace will also allow prospective tenants to submit applications online at artspace.com/Dearborn or by mail to the EDDDA office.
Full-time students also are encouraged to apply, if one other qualifying member of the household is not a full-time student.
An application fee of $25 per adult 18 and older and $40 for married couples is required at the time of application which will cover the credit report and criminal background check.
Interested applications must be at least 18 years old, submit to a background check and meet income and affordability restrictions set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Once management has determined income eligibility, and background checks are completed, prospective tenants also will go through an interview process.
An Artist Selection Committee comprised of local artists will interview applicants to determine their participation in, and commitment to, the arts.
Applicants will need to provide copies of a birth certificate, Social Security card, photo identification, and driver’s license or state photo identification.
Also needed will be the cover sheet with applications instructions, rental application, housing questionnaire, sworn income and asset statement, resident selection criteria section 42 and student certification worksheet (for students only).
The rental application, sworn income and asset statement must be notarized before submitting.
An application checklist also is available for applicants online.
The project will offer residents a choice between studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom lofts ranging from 579 to 1,200 square feet.
The estimated price for a 579- to 810-square-foot studio is $307 to $663 and a 630- to 853-one bedroom unit will cost anywhere from $327 to $708. Two bedroom units range from 1,050- to 1,090-square-feet and will run from $543 to $848 and a 1,187-square-foot three bedroom unit wiill cost about $975.
All prices are subject to change and are determined by on the percentage of area median income of the prospective tenant.
Each tenant will have to pay for their individual utilities including cooking and electricity.
Residents will receive on-site washer and dryer units, window blinds, common area gallery or exhibition space, outdoor plaza and on-site parking.
The completed $16.5 million arts campus project wil include 53 apartment units made up of affordable living and working space for artists and their families.
Also included are studios, co-working space for entrepreneurs and artists, incubator space, creative businesses, a live-and-work unit for an artist-in-residency program, and galleries.
The Artspace lofts complex consists of three structures: City Hall, the West Annex Building and the Concourse.
The City Hall and West Annex buildings will be used for the residential units, community room, outdoor patio and corridor art galleries.
The Concourse connecting City Hall and the West Annex will provide small business incubator space, art galleries, community meeting and classroom space, office space and individual co-working studios.
For more information on the project and application process go to artspace.org/Dearborn or email Artpsace Property Manager Jennifer Bridges at [email protected].
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])