In association with Mangold Burris Architecture
The project addresses the departure of artists from Fayetteville with below market-rate housing for those who could not otherwise afford to live in the downtown. Downtown real estate values are displacing populations that traditionally enrich the intellectual and creative life of communities. Programmatic components include ten residential lofts, a gallery, and a 5,000 sq. ft. café with 36 parking spaces. The site is an abandoned railroad right-of-way. An outdoor linear sculpture garden serves as a bike trail, extending Fayetteville’s rails-to-trails bicycle network. A key challenge involved adaptation of a $90/sq. ft. turnkey commercial metal building system to accommodate housing.