Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews


Location: 100 Portland Avenue South, Suite 100 Minneapolis MN 55401 USA

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.
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
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I just moved into the WAV building as a tenant, and just wanted to hurry and tell the world what a magnificent PLACE this is. Chris Velasco has created an ideal center for artist to inhabit. The WAV project is the dream home of every artist. It is so inspiring to see your neighbors happy, helpful, and dedicated to their ideals. Nothing can stop the group of artist living in the WAV project from being successful with their projects and giving back to their community. Julinya Vidigal De Vince

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide the parking spaces necessary for the great commercial spaces in the ground level.

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24 people found this review helpful

I attended a city hall meeting a few years ago to speak about the needs of artists. This meeting was based around a non-profit project to create affordable living for artists. I was expecting bureaucracy, and the mundane. What PLACE brought to the table, and now into reality, couldn't be more amazing. They're the most forward thinking people I know. They're literally bringing dreams to life before our eyes. I can recommend nobody in higher regards.

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The creation of a breathtaking, affordable, and sustainable living project for artists in my hometown.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How warm the individuals are, and how passionate they're to work with the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

One of a kind, warm, and genuine.

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