Elementary school to become cultural arts center in 18th and Vine

Crispus Attucks sold to Zhou Brothers

Kara Marxer
March 01, 2018 - 1:53 pm
The former Crispus Attucks Elementary is graffitied and rundown

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The old Crispus Attucks Elementary in 18th and Vine has been sold to Zhou Brothers.  

The company plans to covert the school into a new cultural arts center.  

Councilman Jermaine Reed, who represents that area, said in a news release, "New private dollars coming into 18th & Vine leverage the City’s investment, and the Zhou Brothers’ proposed private expenditures are unparalleled to date. We expect this new development to firmly anchor the east end of the District and further spark redevelopment across the area.”

Current plans call for Zhou Brothers to invest $2 million to make renovations the former school.

Reed says the project will include artist studios, a retail gallery, a permanent gallery and exhibition space, rehearsal studios for dance, theatrical and performance space, a media technology center, a café/restaurant, a state-of-the-art recording studio, and sculpture garden.

The Zhou brothers currently have two other art centers located in Chicago and Beijing, China. The Zhou B Art Center Kansas City will be their third location. 

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