We’ve been waiting for a long time for a great urban project to take shape along the Main Street rail line, but with the Independent Arts Collaborative
’s (IAC) announcement that it is going to build its long-awaited space at 3400 Main (near the Ensemble/HCC rail stop
), the wait is finally over.Or at least it will be by 2015, when the complex is scheduled to open.
As Tyler Rudick reported
, the 85,000-square-foot complex will include four or five small performance spaces, a 400-seat theater, exhibition space, classrooms, and office space. Significant neighborhood development
The IAC complex is sure to inspire, or at least accompany, significant neighborhood development. Developer Bob Schultz, co-owner of the Continental Club
and of the colorful boutiques that are the Continental’s neighbors, says he’s planning extensive further developments in the blocks just south of IAC. He’s planning to build housing, a parking garage, and more unique retail. A hotel is also on the drawing board.
Schultz told me, “The hope is that we’ll have a 24/7 city (in the area).”
And just blocks away, HCC Central Campus
has already begun a very exciting redevelopment of its historic campus, one that will mend and strengthen the area’s badly torn urban fabric.
Edited by DrLan34, Monday, January 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM.