Hastings is a picturesque Mississippi River town with a historic center, burgeoning art scene, and extensive trail systems. Responding to this momentum Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council brought Artspace in. The $12.6-million, mixed-use Artspace facility is located on an industrial site that sat vacant for years at the east end of downtown. The new construction building, designed by Urban Works Architecture and overseen by Loeffler Construction & Consulting, includes 37 affordable live/work units for artists and their families, at 60% and below of AMI; 2,060 square feet of ground- floor retail space; 1,600 square feet of gallery space; and 3,000 square feet of programmable outdoor community and event green space. In addition to a hub of artists and their families living and working in the building, the ground floor of the Artspace Hastings River Lofts is also animated by a watercolor art gallery and working studio; a shared work studio; and a general store and market.
Modern in design, the Artspace Hastings River Lofts are respectful of the nearby historic buildings, complementing them with elements including the massing, scale, and tall and narrow windows. The Lofts are part of a larger redevelopment effort throughout downtown Hastings and its accompanying Riverfront Renaissance movement, which incorporates streetscape improvements and—just steps from the Lofts—Levee Park, which includes an amphitheater pavilion, children’s music area, a walking labyrinth, and picnic areas.