New Uses for Four Fire Stations

(Fort Point Consulting, Architect and Project Manager)

New Uses for Four Fire Stations is a comprehensive study done for the City of Springfield, Massachusetts in the spring of 2014. The study is part of the City's effort to find qualified buyers for these beautiful historic buildings. It uses Fort Point's well-regarded holistic methodology which incorporates code, zoning, historic, construction, proforma, market, and financing inputs. The result is a "words/numbers/pictures" analysis of numerous potential development options.

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Fort Point Consulting’s expertise in art spaces comes from hands-on experience which began with the creation of Mix-it Studios in Davis Square, Somerville in 1985-87, a live/work cooperative in a converted soap factory. It moved forward with the development management of 437 D Street, one of Boston’s first speculative live/work buildings, and of 523 Grand, a live/work loft project in Kansas City, aimed at the creative community. The waters were further tested with Inkspot Studios, a second live/work coop in Somerville completed in 2002.

Since 2005, Fort Point Consulting has been the real estate advisor to ArtistLink, an initiative of the Massachusetts Cultural Council to increase the amount of permanent, affordable live and live/work space for artists in all parts of the commonwealth. Working for ArtistLink, Fort Point provides development and planning advice of all types, as well as targeted arts market analyses, lectures, and authorship of many portions of, a state-wide resource for art space developers, owners, and occupants.

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