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Raleigh Art Foundation Receives City Grant To Build In Downtown

Posted March 21, 2006 8:49 a.m. EST

— It's been a museum with no walls and very little identity. But a city grant is expected to help give Raleigh's

Contemporary Art Museum

a boost.

Since 1997, the Contemporary Art Museum, or CAM, has used a warehouse on Martin Street in Downtown Raleigh as its offices and headquarters.

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    "We've wound up having exhibits all over the city," said Linda Satterfield, chairwoman of the Contemporary Arts Foundation.

    The museum recently received a $1 million grant from the city that it will use -- along with future profits -- to help fund a mixed-use development that will include a new permanent home for the museum, as well as condominiums, retail space and offices.

    The $10 million to $20 million development will sit on the property of the Martin Street warehouse, which the museum owns.

    Realizing that fundraising is always a challenge, the private nonprofit is turning to a developer, Grubb Properties, of Charlotte, to convert the warehouse.

    "We have a mission of exploring creativity in all of our lives, in everyday lives, and I think we've put that mission to work in this project," Satterfield said.

    CAM and Grubb Properties will soon start working on a design for the development, but they still are not sure if they will renovate the old 20,000-square-foot warehouse or demolish the warehouse and rebuild.

    "I think it's extremely innovative" Grubb Properties business developer Sam Crutchfield said.

    That's what interested the developer to get involved.

    "It brings a lot of energy to this project verses what you would see with a lot of other urban and condo projects going on," he said.

    Construction may start about a year from now.