York area artists invited to give input for proposed development project

A poster shows plans for a proposed art development project in downtown York.

A poster shows plans for a proposed art development project in downtown York.

Local artists looking for studio or galley space in downtown York or interested in learning about the Artist Homestead program are invited to attend a presentation from by Midor Property Management exploring the possibilities for a new art development project. Artists can review plans for the project and provide input at a meeting slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Musso Land Development Services, 147 W. Market St., York.

Joe Musso said Musso Development Services represents ownership in some buildings along Cherry Lane in downtown York. It has done residential work on the upper levels and is interested in developing the commercial spaces on the first floors. The idea, Musso said, is to use the space for art galleries, studios and artist living quarters. The spot is in proximity of other downtown art entities.

Wednesday’s meeting will gauge interest in the project, Musso said, “to see if we are designing it properly and (if) the plan is financially viable.” Art can be a difficult thing to sell folks on investing money in, he added. The plan received positive feedback after a recent meeting with those at Marketview Arts, another gallery, studio and living space for artists downtown. But before Musso Development Services looks for grants and other investors, the company wants to see if there is a demand in the art community.

“We really don’t know if we can do this,” Musso said. “We’re being very up front and frank about this. This is the first step.”

If there is interest, Musso said he plans to connect with the city’s Artist Homestead program and seek grants. For details or questions about Wednesday’s meeting contact Musso with questions at 717-309-2079. Wine and cheese will be served.

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