How often do live-work spaces become available?

It’s difficult to predict, but in general, turnover of live-work spaces is about 1-2 per year.

Am I eligible to live at the Artist Building at 300 Summer Street?

Per our bylaws, a qualified applicant to the Artist Building must:

  1. be a practicing visual artist;
  2. have a recent body of work (less than three years old), documented by either a personal and/or gallery website or other online media sites;
  3. have a demonstrated need for live-work studio space (due perhaps to a desire to own rather than rent, instability of present occupancy, or loss of a studio through displacement); and
  4. satisfy at least one of the following three criteria:
  • have an education or background primarily in visual arts;
  • have a record of exhibitions or gallery affiliation;
  • demonstrate with letters of recommendation from recognized art professionals that the applicant is a serious working artist

How do I pre-apply to be notified when a live-work space becomes available?

To pre-apply, you need to complete a questionnaire and send us a link to images of your recent artwork, resume, artist statement and short statement of why you wish to live at The Artist Building Cooperative. Learn more.

300 Summer Street is a limited equity cooperative. What does that mean?

  • The “cooperative” part of this title means that each member of the cooperative owns one share of stock in the cooperative, entitling the member to lease his or her live-work space from the cooperative according to a residency agreement and proprietary lease. Note: Mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductible, just like owning real estate.
  • The “limited equity” part of the title means that when a member sells a live-work space, he or she does so according to a formula that establishes a selling price meant to both profit the seller and help keep the unit relatively affordable over time.

Learn more about limited equity vs. market rate cooperatives

How is the selling price of a live-work space calculated?

The Maximum Transfer Value (money paid to Seller) of a live-work space is calculated according to the Maximum Transfer Value (MTV) as defined in the building by-laws and devised to preserve the Artist Building as an affordable primary residence building for visual artists. There are three components involved in the MTV:

  1. The 1995 initial consideration (cash down and personal loan) adjusted for inflation and a built-in annual profit
  2. The appraised value of the improvements in their current condition (it does not matter who made them when)
  3. Principal paid on live-work space's portion of all loans the Coop has made to date based on elapsed time

The final adjusted MTV figure is the maximum price that the buyer pays to the seller with cash or with a loan called a share loan. Both buyer and seller need to have their own attorney who will write up a purchase and sale agreement with this number as the MTV price. The maximum price is not guaranteed to seller.

PLEASE NOTE: There is an additional part of the price, explained in the following section, in the form of a debt fee which the Buyer assumes from the Seller, which is the live-work space's monthly proportional payment of the cooperative's blanket loan.

What monthly charges would I pay?

  1. Debt Fee.The live-work space’s monthly portion of the cooperative blanket loan. Increase is expected with new refinance due to major building repairs coming up.
  2. Coop Fee. The live-work space’s monthly portion of the cooperative’s fees as determined by the annual budget (shared utilities, cleaning and maintenance, repairs, real estate taxes, management company fees, legal fees, etc). This may increase over time.
  3. The buyer’s personal obligation to pay the monthly payments on a share loan (i.e., your personal mortgage for the Maximum Transfer Value, second mortgage to coop's blanket loan), if the buyer elects to have one. The MTV may be paid all or partly in cash. The amount paid in cash determines the size and monthly obligation of the share loan.
  4. Members are required to purchase homeowners insurance, as per by-laws.

The new member will also be responsible for water and HVAC charges billed separately by our management company and for individual electricity usage billed separately be the utility company.

Can you give me an example of total costs?

Example: Hypothetical Live-work Space #00 (as of August 2016):
1200 sq. ft. live-work space, north/east corner unit on 5th floor with cement floor. (If a live-work space is double this size, then double the figures for approximate costs.)

  1. $154,346.56 MTV with no improvements, $191,984.24 with max 1995 improvements (approximate, as final figures will be based on closing date). MTV is amount (minus 20% down payment) needed for a bank share loan which pays off the Seller
  2. $888.00 monthly debt fee, considered part of the cost, for space's share of coop loans obligation (includes proposed NCB refinance for systems updating and repairs)
  3. $600.00 monthly coop Coop Fee (includes management fee, taxes, common area maintenance and reparis, building insurance, legal fees, reserve fund for repairs, snow removal)

What other responsibilities would I have as part of the cooperative?

In addition to financial responsibility, coop ownership includes expectations that members will:

  • participate in yearly Open Studios events,
  • serve on the cooperative’s governing board of directors from time to time,
  • volunteer for building-related committees, and
  • abide by the building by-laws, proprietary lease and residency agreement.

Members are also expected to join the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC). Membership is available online, or you may write

FPAC
Membership Coordinator
300 Summer Street M-1
Boston, MA 02210-1115

What are the building’s by-laws, proprietary lease and residency agreement?

These are the legal documents that guide the cooperative and its members. If you successfully pre-apply to become listed in our prospective applicant pool, we will furnish you with these documents.

I already have a home, but I need a studio. Can I buy a live-work space to work in?

No. All members of the 300 Summer Street cooperative must be residents of the building, and the building must be their primary residence.

 

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