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BACK TO SCHOOL - Artists can now apply to buy affordable live/work condos in Portland

Area artists can now apply to buy a live/work studio at the former Sacred Heart School in Portland. Peter Bass, the owner of Random Orbit, Inc. and the developer of the property at the corner of Sherman and Mellen Streets is now accepting applications for studio condominiums there. The deadline is August 15.

Bass began renovating the old school on June 1 and is scheduled to wrap up the work on September 1. The school will be renamed Parkside Studios; it will contain eight live work spaces - studios with work space in the basement - together totaling around 1000 square feet each. Working artists with income at or below 80 percent of the median for Portland are eligible to apply (in March, Bass said the units will probably cost around $135,000). Applicants must also prove they are working visual artists through a series of criteria.

For more on the Parkside Studios and how to apply to buy a space there, check out www.randomorbitinc.com. Click on "New Projects."

A view of Parkside Studios from Mellen Street.

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