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Kelli Copeland Artist Co-Ops
400 S. Jefferson Street, Orange, NJ
The Kelli Copeland Artist Co-Ops is a mixed-use property in the Valley neighborhood of Orange. The project combined new construction with a former industrial building to create 8 affordable artist live/work rental units plus 4,600 sq. ft. of commercial arts space (3 units). The housing units are long-term affordable to low-income artist families; one unit is handicap accessible. HANDS seeks commercial tenants who are connected to our mission to promote increased economic activity centered on creative pursuits. The project is in the heart of the Valley Arts District. Currently, there is a waiting list for applicants interested in one of the 8 rental units. To apply, please download the application HERE.
The Firehouse Lofts & ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery
580 Forest Street, Orange, NJ
Once home to horse-drawn fire wagons, the 1905 fire station now house six stylish artist live/work lofts and a cooperative art gallery. The restoration preserved much of the original brick and interior tin walls and ceilings while a distinctive redesign of interior loft spaces features large skylights, open floor plans, modern amenities and outdoor decks.
Despite the challenging economy, HANDS, Inc. rehabbed the property as part of an effort to revitalize a former industrial neighborhood known as the Valley. As part of the strategy to create one hundred permanently affordable arts spaces, HANDS is rehabilitating key properties to house artists, innovators and creative entrepreneurs – catalysts for bringing this urban neighborhood back to life in an equitable and inclusive way.
540 – 544 Freeman Street, Orange, NJ
Once the home of West Orange Brass Company, three abandoned buildings on Freeman Street became HANDS’ first project in the Valley Arts District with four retail storefronts dedicated to the arts, and four artist apartments above. The pioneer tenant was Arts Unbound, a non-profit organization committed to the artistic achievement of persons living with developmental disabilities, mental illness and physical challenges.
The Brass Company Buildings are now alive with art classes and galleries (ARTSETC), music events and community meetings. The rear courtyard features a mural and a meditation labyrinth.
557 Nassau Street, Orange NJ
Originally housing the mechanical equipment to power the F. Berg Hat Factory next door, the Powerhouse Building was recently re-developed to create four affordable commercial art spaces. Dating back to the late 1800s, it is a classic red brick industrial building from the era when the Valley neighborhood was called “the hat making capital of the world”.
406 Tompkins Street, Orange NJ
Available to lease is a 2,000 + square foot greenhouse with full heating and ventilation located in the heart of the Valley Arts District in Orange. Fully fenced, gravel base, open span. Roll up your sleeves and become the urban farmer you always wanted to be.
560 Forest Street, Orange NJ
HANDS completed a substantial rehabilitation of the Emma Apartments with four small apartments. The exterior restoration this historic 1870’s structure built to house factory workers. The building still houses hard working families in the Valley neighborhood of Orange. In the course of the rehabilitation, original historic exterior details were uncovered and restored. Apartments have new kitchens and baths and building mechanical/electrical systems are all new. This property is located in the Valley Arts District, next to the Berg Hat Factory, and symbolizes HANDS’ efforts to minimize displacement of low and moderate income families and small businesses as the neighborhood takes on a new life as a hub for innovation and creativity. The development was funded through a grant from the NJ Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program. The project was funded through a grant from the Citi Foundation, Bank of America Foundation and Prudential Foundation.