Dear developers: Preserve 128 Brookside Ave for working artists

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Just in the past year, two whole buildings full of artists on Brookside Ave. have been evicted and are now vacant. One of those buildings is the beloved 128 Brookside Ave. Hundreds of performances and exhibits, and over thirteen artists, enlivened this building and our neighborhood. 

Now, 128 Brookside sits empty. It appears that it will be redeveloped in the near future. But, we as a community can work together to make sure it's preserved for working artists.

As the undersigned, we ask any developer that redevelops 128 Brookside to do the following:

  1. Commit to preserving the entire building as a space for artists, as it has been for decades.
  2. Make at least a substantial portion of the building deed-restricted affordable relative to local artists’ incomes. 
  3. Work in partnership with the city and the community to do so. 

The arts and artists are needed in Jamaica Plain. We're losing our arts community rapidly, but if we work together we can stop the hemorrhaging and make sure 128 Brookside remains a building for working artists.



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