LuigART Makers Spaces

North Limestone Community Development Corporation / LexArts

Funding Received: 2013
Lexington, KY
$425,000
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

At its core, the LuigART Makers Spaces creates live/work spaces by rehabilitating historic workforce housing in the North Limestone neighborhood. In addition to creating new spaces, the program connects these residents with partner non-profit organizations to help with downpayment assistance, financial literacy training and low-risk mortgage financing. The LuigART Makers Spaces also will make it possible for people to create and sell their goods out of their homes, and will even allow residents to hire employees to work out of their house. 

Most of the houses in the LuigART Makers Spaces were formerly vacant, condemned, or distressed properties that showed signs of a long history of disinvestment. From these properties, we are producing energy-efficient, affordable housing that remains true to the architectural history and character of the neighborhood. The NoLi CDC will also commit several houses to host individuals involved with partner organizations that benefit the community, as well as houses for temporary stay for visitors to the neighborhood.

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See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

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Mar 14, 2016
John Sanders’ room on the second floor of St. James Place is comfortable yet cramped. There is no storage space for his pots and utensils... Read More
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Jan 6, 2016
The red steel shipping container was once used to transport toothbrushes and bras. By May, it and another container will be transformed into a one... Read More
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By Richard Young Updates This has been a month of great progress for the NoLi CDC. We have made significant strides to building out the... Read More
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By Richard Young Updates Wow. What a start to spring. Here’s what has happened for us, just in the past 30 days: -- We’re nearing... Read More
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York St. WaterWorks Mural & Butterfly Garden (artist rendering) Updates 2013 was a great year for the NoLi CDC: We acquired 26 of our houses;... Read More
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NoLi Vibrancy Map (working draft) Updates We have finally moved in our first member of the LuigART Makers Spaces--and not so coincidentally, she happens to... Read More
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"Lexington" by Odeith Updates Construction is finally getting underway for the LuigART Makers Spaces! With a steep discount on materials courtesy of Home Depot, we’ll... Read More
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The inaugural NoLi Night Market; photo by Angela Hensley Update This was a big month for the NoLi CDC. We got a new office located... Read More
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Update For us, the past month has been all about partnerships - strengthening the current, and building the new. We’ve started a public art and... Read More
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Update - If it’s wrong, make it right. Kentuckian musicians Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore collaborated on a project called Dear Companion. Sub Pop... Read More