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Artspace Announces  October 24 Architectural Team and Open House for Salida Space to Create

Artspace, a nonprofit developer, has announced the architectural team for the ‘1st & D’ Apartments Project. Cushing Terrell Multidisciplinary Building Design and Connect One Design Landscape Architecture and Planning will work with Artspace to create 19 units of affordable workforce housing near downtown Salida.

The team, led by Laura Dougherty of Cushing Terrell, will kick off with an October 24 Open House at the Riverside Park Scout Hut in Salida with two event times: from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event is intended to engage the community in the development process. An RSVP is not required to attend.

This project is part of the Space to Create Colorado program by Colorado Creative Industries, focusing on rural workforce housing in creative districts. Artspace selected the team after a competitive RFQ process. The project site, located at E First Street and D Street, was a vacant lot, acquired by the City in mid-2022.

Space to Create Colorado is a program created by Colorado Creative Industries that assists communities with the development of affordable live-work and commercial spaces.

Non-residential spaces are available for creative enterprises and organizations that serve critical community needs. The program is the nation’s first state-led initiative for affordable housing for creative sector workers in rural areas. For more information visit www.

“We have the great pleasure of now having Cushing Terrell join the Salida Space to Create team and leading our design efforts,” said Artspace Property Development Director Andrew Michelson. “They bring with them a strong portfolio of successful affordable housing developments in Colorado, as well as a depth of experience working with mountain and rural communities on impactful, locally driven projects.”

Artspace is America’s leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts, dedicated to creating, fostering, and preserving affordable housing and sustainable spaces for artists and arts organizations. With headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in New York and Washington D.C., Artspace has been at the forefront of artist-led community transformation for over four decades. For more information, visit

Laura Dougherty, Associate Principal of Cushing Terrell, added, “We are enthusiastic to collaborate with the City of Salida and Artspace to bring affordable workforce housing to Salida as a part of the Artspace team. Artspace is committed to providing affordable and sustainable housing for the creative and workforce communities.”

Cushing Terrell was founded in 1938 by two architects, Ralph Cushing and Everett Terrell, who acted on the belief that integrating architecture, engineering, and design opened the doors for deepened relationships and enhanced creativity — the foundations of our design practice and what still defines us today. Their teams work together to design spaces and systems that help people live their best lives, achieve their visions, and enjoy healthy, sustainable built environments.

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