Last days for Crawl’s 901 Main?
Is this the last Eastside Culture Crawl for the creative colony of artists at 901 Main?
It may be, given Amacon’s decision to raise rents sharply — up to 100 percent — for the dozens of artists who make the building the westside anchor for one of Vancouver’s most important cultural events.
Some of those who fought so hard to keep the building an artists’ centre are preparing to leave the mothership for a new location at 150 McLean, close to Powell, in the heart of the Crawl territory.
Eri Ishii, who is exhibiting this year at 901 Main for the last time, advises that a small new artists’ co-op created during the fight to save the Main location has signed a five-year lease for space above Peregrine Plastics, with great windows and views of the North Shore.
Those remaining at 901 will face rent increases to $2,100 for a full floor of the building, up from about $900 today.
It was the high rents demanded by Amacon that made it impossible for the artists to move to space near Scotia and 7th Ave. approved for Amacon by the last council as part of a rezoning. The future of that space, notionally allocated for cultural purposes, remains unclear.
But creativity will flourish on McLean.