Creative Center Moves Forward


Space now available for Lease

By Katherine Koenig ~ A new gathering place for artists is taking shape in downtown Scottsdale. Expected to be signature complex for downtown, The Creative Center of Scottsdale is now accepting applications for space from interested artists and creatives. Artists specializing in all mediums are encouraged to fill the multi-use collaborative workspace. The Center offer a number of affordable options for artists, including flexible studio space with monthly to annual leases and even daily drop-in rates.  
“My goal is the center will bring a sense of community to the downtown area,” says building owner Michelle Biely. “I want it to be a place people come to get inspired or meet like minded people.”

The three-building complex being renovated along the west side of Scottsdale Road north of Osborn being renovated originally housed Mandall’s Shooting Supplies and underground shooting gallery, as well as an auto garage and knitting center. The City of Scottsdale Development Review Board unanimously approved a site and landscape plan earlier this year.

Project architect Christina Noble says the intention is to preserve the history, while making it more pedestrian friendly with a modern aesthetic and include both private studios for lease and an open environment for  smaller lease spaces. The project will incorporate as many local materials as possible and follow the City of Scottsdale’s new Green Code and be more sustainable with solar panels and space that can alternate between parking and an outdoor courtyard.

The building that housed the knitting shop will become Sip Coffee & Beer House, owned and operated by Travis and Tida Radevski. The venue will feature a wall of books where patrons can grab a book to read and “hopefully they will exchange them for ones they’ve read. The underground shooting range likely will be transformed into an art installation,” she adds.

The iconic sign with a teddy bear will still be maintained as a part of the center. To submit your application or ask questions about reserving space, please email To keep up with the project, visit

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