I think with the MICA Institute and UMB Mount Royal there are numerous Artists already living nearby. Doesn't this seem like a win win? For all parties? I think so too. To perfect the situation the Neighborhood will eventually a TOD haven.
Although the Donut will be part of the expanded Station North there isn't too much that will make for good adaptive reuse as Artist Space. The Armory Building will be the best bet for Artist Space in the Donut. Theater Space will be needed for the expanded Station North so I'm looking at the old Mayfair for new life. The State Center Buildings, McCulloh Homes, and the Social Security Buildings will all be demolished.
The State Offices will move into new higher density Buildings along with mixed income Apartments and Condos. The Apartments will be marketed towards Grad Students while the Condos will be geared towards Commuters. This new Community will be connect Mount Vernon to Bolton Hill to Heritage Crossing to Upton to Seton Hill. A feat that has yet to be accomplished. Although not technically an Arts & Entertainment District, this new Neighborhood's housing and Offices will be designed by local Artists in the area.
The Outdated Sutton House in Bolton Hill will also receive a make over courtesy of local Artists. The already existing Metro State Center Stop and the Light Rail Cultural Center Stop will service this new Community, as will the future Red Line at Heritage Crossing and Yellow Line at Penn Station.
Since Artists live in and around Reservoir Hill it only makes sense that a good portion of its vacant housing stock be earmarked for Artist live/work space. Given the close location of both the MICA Institute and UMB Mount Royal it would seem only fitting to fit dorm rooms into the Station North expansion plan.
The struggling Madison Park North Apartments across North Avenue from Bolton Hill will be redeveloped as Dorms for the Colleges. Speaking of North Avenue, west of I-83 it's not nearly as Neighborhood oriented as it is east of I-83.
The new Spicer's Run Town Home Development in Bolton Hill turns its back on North Avenue separating Bolton Hill from Reservoir Hill. I'm hoping the new Dorms across the street and a continuation of the Artist constructed streetscape enhancements into Bolton Hill and Reservoir Hill.