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.
Five Point’s answer: our attorneys advise us not to do anything on the construction site.
The artists are no longer willing to accept that.
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. 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.