A 40,000 square foot, two story brick building was occupied by a t-shirt printing business that was paying $0.20 per square foot when the LCD team began a program to convert the structure into a unique blend of ground floor commercial and second floor day-lofts which could be used by working artists or small start up enterprises.
The bow-truss structure was brought up to current code. An abandoned railroad spur on the perimeter of the building was landscaped and original brick pavers laid to create an inviting urban park which includes tables and benches that were constructed from the salvaged remains of the large iron water tanks that had been part of the Biscuit Company.
The exterior of the industrial building was sandblasted to expose the original brick work and custom lighting was added to enhance both the appearance of the building and provide added security to the street. The second floor was demised to accommodate flexible work space and a community art gallery.
1820 Industrial continues to stay completely rented. It houses the Daily Dose Café, Pour Haus Wine Bar, Menzie International Design, The Bridge, several production companies and photo studios, among others. The average rent in the building is now $1.80 per square foot for artist studios and $2.50 per square foot for commercial offices.