Aurora and Artspace may bring a second live-work artist space to Metro Denver

Denver seen from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Feb. 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver seen from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Feb. 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rocky mountain arsenal; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite; skyline; cityscape;
Denver seen from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Feb. 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Minneapolis-based nonprofit Artspace builds affordable live-work spaces for artists and they are a big deal in the local art world.

Even before the high-profile closure of Denver DIY space Rhinoceropolis, the city of Denver has pointed out again and again that they were working with Artspace to bring 100 units of affordable live-work space for artists to Denver.

Now Aurora is beginning work to see if an Artspace development might be right for the Aurora Cultural Arts District.

The city announced that Artspace will visit March 1 and 2 for “a pre-feasibility visit” with two days of tours, focus groups and meetings. And if you’re interested in sharing your opinion, one such meeting will be March 1 at the Vintage Theatre from 6 to 7:30 p.m..

Following the two-day visit, Artspace will create a feasibility assessment that the city of Aurora will use to evaluate next steps. Artspace estimates that the study will take between four to six weeks.

Currently, Artspace says they have more than 40 projects in operation, plus more than 10 projects in development.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include an estimate on how long Aurora’s feasibility study will take. The process is expected to be shorter than Denver’s.  Artspace has said that Denver’s study had a larger scope and was an outlier in terms of study length.