Artists Studios Shipyard

Plans to construct an 89,000-square-foot building for artists displaced by Lennar’s San Francisco Shipyard development at Hunters Point have been approved by the City and construction is slated to start in the second quarter of 2015.

The $30 million building will include new studio space for nearly 150 artists along with a 1,600-square-foot gallery and sound-proofed spaces for musicians.  The building will be located adjacent to historic Building 101 which currently serves 150 artists itself and is part of “America’s largest artist colony,” The Point.

Designed to be affordable, studio rental rates will be set to simply cover operating costs and are projected to be around $1.11 per square foot when the building opens in mid-2016, versus current rents of up to $3.50 per square for comparable spaces in San Francisco.

Solar panels atop the building and operable windows will help keep operating costs low in perpetuity.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by MissionGal

    I am all for people creating great stuff including arts, but why sanctify the occupation? How about admins? How about servers? How about all these thousand other occupations?

    • Posted by soccermom

      +1 to that. And anyway, does cool art result from the people who want to take up space in a big corporate box? This proposed building is many things, but not cool or thoughtful.

      It’s the dead horse I love to beat, but Vallejo(!) is ripe for an occupation by artists.

    • Posted by Futurist

      There’s something very disjointed in your comments. How does this new studio space for artists “sanctify” their profession?

      How would this work for “admins”? Would they be in their studios day and night doing word processing? filing papers? answering phones?

      As for :”servers”. Would they be in their studios creating new ways of reading a menu? Explaining the latest farm-to-table creation? Learning how to clear tables?

      Your underlying comments seem to be about jealousy and envy. I’m not sure why. And the other occupations? Huh?

      Any artist who might rent one of these studio spaces has to pay rent, you realize. It’s not free. And artists need to have an income to pay for the space.

      Flat out, this project is a great example of mixing art and artists into the new Hunters Point development. I can see of no downside.

    • Posted by Jrider

      It is a workspace, not a place for them to live. Why would admins and servers be wanting such rental space? Have you been to their Open Studios event twice a year? Check it out, you will totally get it.

  2. Posted by SFJohn

    This was in the plan from the beginning – stop whining. What, are we all supposed to be soccermom(s)??

  3. Posted by Futurist

    This is great news! Nice to see this is included in part of the larger urban plan.
    Truly amazed at the negative commentary on something as good as this.

    • Posted by regular poster here who shall go nameless

      I agree with you, but I understand the negativity. Part of city life is that there are weird little art events. I remember when I first moved here about a decade ago, I found a pop-up art gallery in what had been a recently closed Chinese buffet in the Mission. All the restaurant equipment was still there. They had a photo exhibit on Norwegian Black Metal music. And that’s one of a hundred experiences that are part of the reason I moved here.

      But there are many people, kids especially, who treat being an artist like an extended childhood with no responsibilities. Some are trustafarians and others just squat in warehouses. I, like many people here, am a bit bitter about my party-less young adulthood, even though I can now afford to buy a house in the city, whereas few of the artists ever will. But it’s a bit distasteful subsidizing what we see as the sex, drugs, and cool lifestyle that we never got to have.

      But there is a solution. Buy art from a couple of the cool upcoming artists. When you get to about 10k in sales, you start getting invited to the parties. And then the idea of subsidizing photographers when they are asking if “they can use your place for a photoshoot, oh and by the way, would you mind if they hired models, oh and also, maybe we can have a party afterwards, You said you had a hot tub, right?” becomes a lot more interesting.

  4. Posted by poor.ass.millionaire

    This is a great thing, and a win for the shipyard. First, it doesn’t destroy the significant artist community that has been practicing there for many years. Second, it adds a creative element to all the new development there. The shipyard will be a master planned community, so it ain’t organic growth. At least let’s add some artists in the mix.

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