Artscape Triangle Lofts provides live/work space to artists and arts professionals in the Queen West Triangle. Propeller Gallery, a member-run gallery with deep roots in the neighbourhood, moved in to the gallery space in 2015.
Opened: October 20, 2011
Pre-occupancy (development) cost: Not available
Former site: In roughly the same place, 48 Abell used to be occupied by a former factory that was home to a number of artists, whose live/work spaces were, unfortunately, not legally zoned. Local group Active 18 advocated for a development plan that reflected the needs of the community including its artist residents. Following their negotiations with the City and developers, Artscape was able to create the Artscape Triangle Lofts for artists and their families. It is thanks to their vision and leadership that this project was possible.
Affordability model: Of the live/work units included in the Artscape Triangle Lofts, 48 were purchased through Artscape’s innovative affordable ownership program, and the rest are owned by Artscape and rented as affordable housing
Building Ownership Detail: Privately owned building with condominium board oversight
Area (square feet): Condo units, 55,000 square feet; gallery, 1,100 square feet
Spaces included: 68 live/work units and 1 ground-floor gallery within the larger Westside Gallery Lofts development
Tenants: Private residences
Building accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Design: Will Alsop
This was our first condominium and affordable ownership project