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SPACES sells building – seeks new home

(Plain Press, December 2013) SPACES, a 35-year old art organization that serves as a resource and a forum for artists who explore and experiment, is officially embarking on a journey to a new home. On November 14, 2013, SPACES finalized the sale of the building at 2220 Superior Viaduct, which it has owned and occupied since 1990.

SPACES Board President John Farina says Left Side Developments purchased the building for $418,000. Farina says the primary person at Left Side Developments is Dr. Rafid Fadul, a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.

While Farina says he is not sure of the long-term plans the new owner has for the building, SPACES has an option to lease back the space for up to three years. Farina believes that should give SPACES ample time to find a new home. “In anticipation of a sale, we began the search process in 2011. We narrowed our search to two primary areas – the Waterloo Arts District and the Hingetown area of Ohio City.” (Editor’s note: The Waterloo Arts District is in the Collinwood Neighborhood. Hingetown area is just South of Detroit Avenue by W. 29th and Church Ave.)

  “We are thrilled to complete this sale and are actively working to identify a new home for SPACES that can provide heightened visibility for our organization as well as give us the opportunity to positively impact the surrounding community,” said Farina.

 Proceeds from the sale will help SPACES build a more robust cash reserve to help secure the organization’s financial grounding as well as assist with relocation. SPACES will lease back its current gallery space on the 1st floor, and continue to present innovative programming there while its board and staff focus in on a new location and prepare to embark on a fundraising effort.

SPACES is located at 2220 Superior Viaduct, (just North of the Detroit Superior Bridge and east of St. Malachi’s). Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m., and the gallery is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission (and parking) during regular gallery hours is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: www.SPACESgallery.org, call 216.621.2314 or email contact@SPACESgallery.org.

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