Visual Art Artists Evicted from Magnuson Park
posted by October 2 at 14:00 PMon
Twenty-four artists who rent studios from the city at Magnuson Park in Sand Point will have to move, after the City Council this week adopted an ordinance to allow a developer to take over the building where they work in a long-term (30-year-plus) lease.
The artists want to stay at Magnuson Park, the old Naval station where the city says the buildings are crumbling and uninhabitable without major upgrades—upgrades this developer is willing to do.
But the artists say they’re trying to work out a development plan of their own for another building in the park, and the city sounds closed to that idea. City spokeswoman Dewey Potter said she’d provide more details in a forthcoming email, but today she said the artists will definitely not be able to stay in Magnuson Park. That’s news to the artists.
Artists renting at Building 11, a humble and creaky building but one that’s drenched with perfect studio light from the large windows overlooking the waterfront, include Claudia Fitch, Francisco Guerrero, Eugene Parnell, Juliana Heyne, Carolyn Law, Carolle Rose, Liz Bruno, Nancy Loughlin, Tom Collicott, and Anne Hayden Stevens. They opened their studios for the building’s first open house this past Saturday, but got the bad news Tuesday. They say the developer plans to put in an Ivar’s and a Kidd Valley, and to turn the converted studios into expensive offices.
More as I hear from various sources.