A hulking, desolate Tremé school is the future home to a "multi-faceted arts facility," that will include artist studios and apartments. Like so many post-Katrina buildings, Andrew J. Bell Middle School, sits empty and rotting, covered in graffiti. After a $40 million renovation, though, there will be 73 live/work studio spaces for low-to-moderate income artists, a performance venue, and 45,000-square feet of green space. The six buildings, which encompass two city blocks, will first go through a FEMA-funded renovation and then Minneapolis-based Artspace will step in. Providence Community Housing, affordable housing crusaders and the crew behind the Lafitte Redevelopment, will be pitching in, too. The Bell School Arts Campus should be complete by 2016.
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