Developer Five Point leaves artists in the dust...
There is currently a large construction site in front of Bldg.101, which houses about half of the 300 artists. The purpose of the construction site was to build an additional artist building of comparable size to house artists with studios in Parcel B, that are slated fo demolition to make room for development. In 2018, our construction stopped along with all other Shipyard construction due to safety concerns due to falsified soil samples.
The new building footprint is only a small portion of the now vacant and dilapidated construction site that features slimy ponds and two large dirt piles, from which dust flies into artist studios when they open their windows. Visitors to the artists must walk on a long fenced-in foot path through the ugly site; access for people with mobility impairments is difficult or impossible.
Over the past two years we have written letters and had meetings with Five Point asking then to address the site. We asked for either a date when construction would resume, or, if that was not possible, to at least complete the planned green areas and parking lot for the use of the artists.
Shipyard artists call on developer to restore access to main building
Artists took matters into their own hands on Friday May 7th, and held a press conference in protest against the neglect shown the artists by the developer. The construction site that blocks access to our main building has been dormant since the summer of 2018, and no date has been set for resumption of building. In the meantime, developer Five Point is refusing to maitain the area in a way that makes it usable by the artists.
Five Point’s answer: our attorneys advise us not to do anything on the construction site.
In the meantime, Five Point admits in a revealing email that the reason for their inaction is that the dirt piles may be contaminated with radioactive material.
The artists are no longer willing to accept that and have taken their complaints to the City, the Navy, as well as Speaker Pelosi's office, who is now looking into this matter.
This is what was promised - replacement studios for displaced artists, a plaza and parking, for a thriving artist community.
This is how the dormant site has looked since 2018. DPossibly contaminated dust from the dirt piles blows into artist windows.
The construction site spans the entire width of Bldg 101, prevents easy access to the building and is a physical blight.
People with mobility impairments need to walk on the path at the end of the building to access the wheelchair ramp.
The Shipyard Trust for the Arts (STAR), the Shipyard artists' nonprofit organization, advocates on behalf of the artists and maintains this website at no cost to the artists.