The Fitchburg Arts Community (FAC) will be located on a campus of three distinguished historical buildings adjacent to the Art Museum in downtown Fitchburg. The FAC will be focused around three former municipal buildings: the Fitchburg Academy (1869), City Stable (1889), and B.F. Brown Middle School (1923), one block from the city’s historic Upper Common in the North of Main Neighborhood, the most culturally diverse neighborhood in North Central Massachusetts. The Fitchburg Arts Community is adjacent to Lowe Park (with athletic fields and playgrounds) and the Longsjo Middle School, and within walking distance of banks, shops, restaurants, YMCA, the Fitchburg Public Library, the Fitchburg Historical Society, and the new River Styx Brewery.
The Fitchburg Arts Community will include a variety of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments, along with studio/workspaces and other artist amenities currently under design. Most units will be affordable, available to artists with annual family incomes between approximately $25,000 – $55,000. Approximately 30% of the apartments will be market-rate units. Projected affordable rents will be $800-$850/month (1 bedroom, 602-778 sq. ft), $950-$1,050/month (2 bedrooms, 725-1,287 sq. ft.), $1,150-$1,200/month (3 bedrooms, 1,388-1,454 sq. ft.).
Financing is being finalized, and construction should begin in 2019. FAC should be ready for occupancy in 2021.