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Phone: (612) 309-3889
100 Portland Avenue South, Suite 100
Minneapolis
Minnesota 55401
USA
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Target demographics: PLACE serves people of all kinds by building better communities in which to live, work, play, create, and interrelate. We serve artists and the arts. PLACE serves the environment. We serve cities and communities. those who are interested in the experiment of creating better places, better communities. PLACE serves the most impoverished people. Those without a voice.

PLACE builds sustainable communities for cities, affordable live/work space for artists and creatives, and renewable energy. We build sustainable supportive housing to help the most impoverished in our society. We build ecovillages that reflect the leading edge of community design.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We're working on these figures right now. But the WAV project currently provides 300 jobs. Not minimum wage job, but high paying jobs in law and banking and management and construction.

Geographic areas served: No limits

Mission:
To build a sustainable, just, and inspiring world, one community at a time.

PLACE® is a nonprofit organization that works with cities to create and build leading-edge communities that promote the arts, environmentalism and social justice. Through a community-driven, ethically-focused process, PLACE develops new models for urban neighborhoods that demonstrate the best practices in environmental design, live/work development for artists and creative businesses, affordable workforce housing, and supportive housing for the most economically distressed. Our vision is to change the way communities are made.
Results:
PLACE recently completed the WAV project in Ventura, California. It provides affordable, green live and work space for artists and solar penthouses for sale to artists and creatives. For the first time, PLACE created fifteen homes using the Supportive Housing model. These heatlhy, green homes are aimed and families and individuals suffering homelessness, and offer sliding scale rents at 30% of income.

The PLACE team brings experience and passion to the planning, designing, funding, building and stewardship of over $450 million of green arts projects, residential, commercial, serving other nonprofits and cities.

Recently, we have begun moving people into our WAV project, a sustainable community filled with artists and powered by solar power. In addition, we’ve created new homes for forty formerly homeless people and orphans and youth who’s foster care benefits end on their 18th birthday.

Over six hundred people have signed up to be involved with the WAV project in Ventura, CA. Thousands have participated in over a hundred meetings to guide the vision.

PLACE completed 6,200 square feet of commercial space targeted at arts-friendly businesses like coffee houses, jazz clubs, art galleries, wine bistros, etc. It helps support the WAV project.

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04/24/10
As a Resident Artist of the one of a kind WAV in Ventura, I can say that PLACE has set the bar high for a new way of living. PLACE conceptualized a new type of creative and caring neighborhood, and the results have surpassed any of my dream like expectations. The orchestration is no less beautiful... more »
04/06/10
Our family relocated thousands of miles in the hope of being part of something new and something great; a community of working artists living in affordable, eco-friendly residences in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. We have not been disappointed, and indeed our experience has ... more »
03/03/10
I am living! I do not feel afraid. I have found a space that is understanding of who I am. An Artist. I am GREATFUL for the oppportunity to create history. To be alive and creating a home for my five year old son, Jubal-Lee. I am challenged each month to work hard to provide for my family and i am ... more »
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