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Artist Live/Work Unit Certification

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Artist Housing Certification for newly constructed artist live/work units at the new Powderhouse/Marka development has been delayed.  We anticipate opening the certification process in late April.

If you plan to apply to lease a unit you must complete the Artist Certification application.  

In addition to the application which has an informational overview, the Council will be hosting two live, virtual, public information meetings.  Come back here for confirmation on those meetings to be held in May/June.   Also, download this Frequently Ask Question document. 

This Marka development will provide three inclusionary and five market rate units specifically for certified artists.  Applicants will be required to complete an artist certification application prior to applying for both inclusionary and market rate units. 

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 work review our cultural economic development work here.