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Art studio spaces becoming available in downtown Hagerstown

February 05, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Within the next month, local developer Mike Deming said he will begin renting about 40 studio spaces to artists in downtown Hagerstown.

Deming, president of Demcore Development, said the spaces will be in the upper floors of the Schindel-Rohrer building at 28 S. Potomac St. Each studio will range in size from 100 to 200 square feet and cost $200 per month to rent, he said.

The studios will have basic amenities, such as heat and light, and running water in a common area.

"The concept is basically complete," Deming said. "We've already received a ton of inquiries. In about a month, we'll be ready to go."

Deming said the studios would help complement Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District, and the low rent should help draw tenants.

"I hope we can create that community, that environment, where artists can feed off of each other," Deming said.

Kevin Moriarty, executive director of the Washington County Arts Council, said the old warehouse space will provide artists with an environment to create paintings, pottery and jewelry, among other things.

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"Currently, there's no such concentration of creativity in the community," Moriarty said. "But with the continuing renaissance of downtown Hagerstown ... It seems like a natural step."

People who are interested in renting studio space may call Demcore Development at 301-745-3633.

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