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Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

The Historic Cooper School was transformed from a neglected, boarded-up eyesore in the Delridge community to a vibrant center for the arts and home to working artists. The $11.9 million project included state and local housing subsidy, low income housing and historic tax credits, and nearly $4 million in private foundation and individual funding. The building contains 36 affordable live/work studios for artists on the upper floors in the old classrooms and attic. The cultural arts center on the lower floor has a theater, movement studio, recording studio, workshop, classrooms, and offices for arts non-profit organizations. Parie’s contributions to the project included:

  • Working with SMR Architects on the design of the project
  • Working with Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association on the development of the project
  • Planning and leading community design meetings
  • Establishing the building as a City of Seattle Historic Landmark
  • Registering the building on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Successfully applying for historic tax credits
  • Meeting an aggressive budget and schedule for construction, culminating in a successful grand opening in February 2006

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