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Santa Ana Arts Collective

Address: 1666 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92701
Year Completed: Under Construction
Type: Arts Colony | Units: 58
Management: WSH Management

Partners/Lenders:

  • City of Santa Ana
  • California Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program

The Santa Ana Arts Collective is Meta Housing’s first arts colony in Orange County and the first project entitled under the Santa Ana Adaptive Reuse Ordinance. Meta Housing will transform an underutilized, five-story, mid-century, high vacancy commercial building into 58 high quality affordable apartment units for working artists and their families.

The new development will be located in the heart of Main Street’s “Cultural Corridor” in Santa Ana, which is minutes from many of the city’s museums, theaters, art schools, maker spaces and performance venues, making it the perfect place for artists to live and thrive.

Meta Housing worked closely with the local community and city including residents, business owners, property owners and political representatives, as well as the City of Santa Ana Arts Commission, the Orange County School of the Arts, Media Arts Santa Ana, Grand Central Art Center, United Artists of Santa Ana, and the Wooden Floor Dance Company in order to develop a design that would enhance the overall connection of this project to the surrounding community.

The Santa Ana Arts collective will feature a mix of studios, one- two- and three-bedroom floorplans, and will be constructed to feature a ground floor art gallery and art garden. The art gallery space will promote and showcase art from working local artists, as well as residents of the apartment community. This will help to foster a stronger connection with the community at large by encouraging interaction and collaboration between the public and residents.