Article by Katherine Snow Smith, Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer
Improvements are in the works for the Warehouse Arts District. Close to 100 people at the Warehouse Arts District association's annual membership meeting heard about streetscaping, lighting the Pinellas Trail and 30 new studios for artists.
Mary Jane Park, executive director, said the organization is halfway to its goal of raising $800,000 thanks to a state grant for $300,000 and $100,000 from the city of St. Petersburg. The money will help pay for renovating a 15,000-square-foot space inside an existing warehouse for 20 to 30 artist studios.
More than 300 artists, 10 percent from outside the state, have signed up for space in the Warehouse Arts District.
Park said fundraising is ongoing and construction on the first phase of studios could start pretty soon.
Meanwhile, the city's economic development department is seeking approval for streetscaping, new lighting, and landscaping along the intersection of 22nd Street and Fifth Avenue S, where the arts district sits.