Two Spaceworks Tacoma project sites in the Hilltop Business District have converted to house full-time independent business tenants.
After just six months with the program, Fab-5 and N. Dybevik Piano Co. have transitioned into leases with the property owner of the Spaceworks building at 1310-1316 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. “I can’t imagine a better use for the building than Spaceworks,” said Oliver Doriss, owner of the next-door Fulcrum Gallery. “The block is completely different now – traffic to my business has increased and there are more eyes on the block keeping the area safe.”
Last year, Spaceworks supported 18 creative enterprises, exhibited 28 large-scale art installations, activated 20 ground-level retail spaces, supported over 70 events and performances, inspired over 40 articles in local press and attracted over 16,500 visitors.
“With the stabilization of these two projects, it is clear that Spaceworks ‘works’ as an economic development tool,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “We’re not only providing opportunities for local artists and entrepreneurs, but strengthening business districts plagued by chronic vacancy.”
Spaceworks Tacoma is a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and Shunpike designed to activate empty storefronts and vacant space in downtown Tacoma. The initiative makes no- and low-cost temporary space available to artists, fledgling creative entrepreneurs, organizations and community groups.
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