We could not be more pleased. Today, the Flora Lofts development to provide artist housing in the heart of the Dallas Arts District received needed funding support from the City of Dallas. The visionary project is expected to be completed in 2019.
Flora Lofts is the affordable workforce housing element in a larger Arts District development that includes market-rate apartment homes in the adjoining Atelier tower, plus street-level restaurants, shops, public parking and additional amenities that will add to the ambience and attraction of the Dallas Arts District.
“We are delighted with the support expressed today by the Dallas City Council,” said Catherine Cuellar, Founding Board President of La Reunion TX. “Since the founding of La Reunion TX, it has been our vision to provide affordable living and working space to working artists in the literary, visual and performing arts. Flora Lofts will make this vision a reality, by establishing and sustaining a community of qualified working artists in the Dallas Arts District.”
Flora Lofts, following a model that has proven successful and sustainable in other urban environments, will be he first artist-dedicated housing in the Dallas Arts District. Live/work spaces for artists and their families have been an important part of the plan for the Arts District since its inception. The City’s approval for a key part of the financing allows Flora Lofts to proceed in fulfilling that vision.
Flora Lofts will be located on Flora Street between Pearl and Olive, within a city block of many of Dallas’ major cultural institutions. The development is widely supported by its neighbors and the cultural institutions in the Arts District and throughout Dallas.
“Flora Lofts will help complete the original vision for the Arts District as stated at the District’s inception in the original Sasaki Plan. We thank the city for its vision in supporting Flora Lofts,” said Lily Weiss, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District. “We welcome this vibrant addition to the Arts District. It will enhance the opportunity for working artists to collaborate and stimulate the Dallas arts community, while also benefiting job creation in the neighborhood and the nearby downtown area,” Weiss added.
The six-story structure at 2121 Flora Street will provide 43 affordable live/work spaces for working artists and their families, plus an additional nine market-rate units for other artists. Several units will be set aside for residents with disabilities, and Section 8 housing vouchers for rents will be accepted.
Flora Lofts will enable dozens of working artists to afford living in the Arts District, among the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions. La Reunion TX will provide educational and job training opportunities, as well as monetary stipends for equipment and supplies and a variety of support services. In addition, Flora Lofts will host gallery shows and resident events for creating conversation and community connection.