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Artist Certification


Artist Live/Work Certification

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Artist Housing Certification for newly constructed artist live/work units at the new Powderhouse/Marka development.  The certification application is available here.

This development will have five "market rate" units and three "inclusionary" units.   All eight units will require applicants to possess an Artist Certification prior to application for either unit types.  

In this PDF document you will find:  an application, an informational overview, and a Frequently Asked Questions.   Please read carefully and note deadlines for the Market Rate certification and the Inclusionary certification.   The certification deadlines to apply for the following units are: 

Market Rate Units:  Friday, August 14th, 2020
Inclusionary Units:  Friday, September 18th 2020

The Council and the developer agent will be hosting a live, virtual, public information meeting about market rate units on July 28th at 6:30 p.m.  To register for this Go to Webinar with ability to see documents and ask questions please register here:

You can also call in to hear:  +1 (562) 247-8422

If you do not have GoToWebinar you can access here:     

Somerville’s current zoning includes provisions that certain new development require “artist use.”   If a new development creates “Artist Live/Work”  or “Artist Studio Space” a certification process will accompany those units.   This policy will ensure that development built for artists will retain artists. 

For more information on Somerville's arts zoning and cultural economic development work go here.