Los Angeles Artists Unite to Save the Santa Fe Arts Colony from Developer
The SFAC Tenants Association is fighting to save the historic Santa Fe Art Colony — a vital live/work artists’ community in downtown Los Angeles. Longtime rent restrictions are about to expire, and a new owner, Florida developer Fifteen Group, has announced plans to double the rents on November 1, 2019, effectively evicting the artists. The Tenants Association has made a purchase offer — a right provided by California’s Affordable Housing Preservation Law — to keep rents affordable and preserve this important cultural asset for current and future artists. Unfortunately, Fifteen Group has not engaged in a negotiation regarding the purchase offer.
The Santa Fe Art Colony — established in 1986 with public funding — is LA’s only rent-restricted Artist-in-Residence complex. Its historic brick buildings house 72 intergenerational and ethnically diverse artists. Annual “Open Studios” have attracted tens of thousands of visitors, providing value to the public. For 30 years, residents have played a critical role in shaping LA’s cultural landscape.
Over the last decade, DTLA’s Arts District — a once-thriving community of 1,800 fine-art artists — has been decimated by catastrophic rent increases. SFAC is now the last large group of working artists left.
Act now to prevent Fifteen Group from destroying this vibrant artists’ community! In a city that prides itself on being “The creative capital of the world,” what does it say to have an “Arts District” without artists?