Envision. Design. Finance. Build. Sustain.

PLACE is a nonprofit organization with a mission baked right into our acronymic name: Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment. We exist to create affordable living for people of call income levels and backgrounds within sustainable, mixed-use, transit-oriented communities. Our team and board of directors possess many decades worth of development experience. 

"PLACE is an excellent project, for the city and the region. Turning vacant, unused property into a community space with alternative energy features, that is connected to other uses, like transit, is just the kind of investment the Council wants to make toward a livable communities and a prosperous region” – Erin Heelan, TOD Grants Coordinator, Metropolitan Council Livable Communities.

The first complete community PLACE has developed and continues to own and manage as a nonprofit is WAV (Working Artists Ventura) – a mixed-income creative community in Ventura, CA. Completed in 2009 and thriving today, WAV is the country’s first sustainable arts community. Developed hand-in-hand with the local community over the course of 142 public meetings, WAV is a landmark project in southern California, providing affordable live/work homes for hundreds of artists and their families, along with permanent homes for families transitioning out of homelessness. Because PLACE owns and manages WAV, it will remain an affordable artist community forever. It is a hub for the arts, a tourist attraction, and a vibrant, 24/7 neighborhood. 

"They’re literally bringing dreams to life before our eyes." — Nick Goodenough, WAV Community Member

Today, PLACE is working in St. Louis Park, MN to create a community unlike any in the world. Hundreds of mixed-income apartments will provide affordable live/work units for creatives, luxury housing, and permanent supportive housing for lower-income families. A boutique hotel will cater to travelers who need easy access to downtown Minneapolis without the high prices. An urban forest will provide crucial green space and stormwater management. Perhaps most significantly, PLACE’s patent-pending E-Generation technology will power the entire community with 100% renewable energy, significantly lowering utility bills and lowering our impact on the surrounding environment. The entire project is positioned on the regional bike trail and future light rail line, making mass transit and car-free options available for all.

"We went after everything that was new, and then we went a step further." — Sid White, Former Economic Dev. Head, City of Ventura

To achieve this ambitious vision, PLACE has partnered with several public agencies and for-profit businesses to create a unified team with the right combination of financial assets and public benefit expertise. Charting new territory and confronting difficult challenges is part of our organizational DNA. PLACE continually seeks new ways to challenge the status quo, and ultimately to create beautiful, visionary places in which people from all walks of life can live, work, play, and create.


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    Last chance to take our live/work survey!

    As a PLACE supporter, you probably realize how important it is for more live/work communities to be developed all around the nation - especially affordable and mixed-income live/work spaces that are designed and built to be sustainable, and with the needs of creatives in mind.  The PLACE team is hard at work on creating a new affordable living community in St. Louis Park, MN. Even if you are not from MN or the region, we encourage you to tell us what your ideal living and working spaces look like -- we have a survey that will be online for just 12 more days. It only takes 5 minutes to complete, and your answers truly help us to design these spaces with your needs in mind -- for this particular project, and for all future PLACE projects. Can you take our survey now, and share this link to help us get 150 more responses in the next 12 days? Click here to take the 5-minute survey!
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  • Featured event

    SLP Community Meeting #5

    Join us for our latest community meeting to talk about the St. Louis Park project, its progress, and next steps. Please RSVP below, and if you have specific topics you'd like to discuss, fill out this form.



    June 23, 2016 at 6pm
    St. Louis Park Firehouse

  • Featured event

    Chris Velasco Presentation, Hosted By Guaranty

    PLACE Executive Director Chris Velasco will be speaking at an event hosted by Guaranty Commercial Title, Inc. Chris will be speaking about PLACE's mission and work, specifically as it relates to our upcoming project in St. Louis Park. There will be wine, appetizers, a Q&A session, and great networking opportunities. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP on this page. 


    May 26, 2016 at 4pm
    Cambria Gallery
    625 2nd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    United States
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