What's the solution? Reclaim a vacant school across the street that's more than 10 times larger.
Before the multi-million dollar overhaul of the former Tech High/Hubert Elementary School building commences, we thought it'd be wise to tour the 8-acre campus for posterity's sake. The beautiful brick structure and its neglected interior are still very much in a derelict-school state, but the potential is obvious.
What will the WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change offer among its 54,000 square feet? Expect about 25,000 square feet of private studio space for artists, nonprofit organizations, and small creative businesses. Plus a visual arts gallery, performance venue for theater, dance and film, and a cafe open to the public along Memorial Drive.
Elsewhere, expect educational spaces and a series of production facilities for artists, including a recording studio, printmaking studio, darkroom, ceramics studio, digital media lab, and dance rehearsal studio. It's like one big incubator for creatives.
WonderRoot hopes to inhabit its new digs and open the campus in 2017. Here's how it all looks right now:
- The Rapidly Changing Face of Reynoldstown in 38 Photos [Curbed]
- These 26 projects will radically transform Memorial Drive [Atlanta magazine]