A market study has concluded that York City could support an artist housing project of 56 live/work units designed by national nonprofit Artspace.

But it is unclear whether the city will invest $150,000 to design the project. Mayor Kim Bracey would not answer a reporter's question following a press conference Friday.

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, said the money would likely come from federal HOME funds. The city has funded other affordable-housing projects - such as George Street Commons and the Homes at Thackston Park - with HOME money, said Schreiber, the city's former economic and community development director.

Schreiber said it would be up to the mayor to decide whether to move forward with funding Artspace in York.

Artspace is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that formed in 1979 with the goal of providing long-term affordable housing for creative people.

Since its beginning, Artspace has completed 36 projects across the country, said Roy Close, the nonprofit's vice president of special projects.

Ten more are under development, Close said.

Last year, several Artspace representatives visited York to make a preliminary judgment about whether a project would thrive in York.

Next, they launched an online survey to determine the number of units the community could support.

Because the projects are primarily funded with federal low-income housing tax credits, residents cannot earn more than 60 percent of the area's median income.


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A two-person household, for example, would qualify with income of less than $33,000 annually.

The survey produced the market study announced at Friday's press conference.

Nearly 460 people took the survey. About 36 percent indicated an interest in relocating to an Artspace housing project, Close said.

"Now it's up to the city to decide if the city wants to proceed," he said.

- Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.