Could Colorful Bella Vista Art Studio Become Multifamily Project?

We always keep our eyes and ears open when it comes to development, but it sure is nice when our amazing readers (that’s you!) reach out with a tip. This is one of those times, as a reader recently gave us the heads up that the building at 829 Bainbridge St. could be undergoing a pretty big change sometime soon. This address didn’t seem especially interesting upon first glance, but when we arrived on site, we realized that the existing building presently has a rather unique appearance.

Current view of the very colorful 829 Bainbridge St.
View looking west of the periwinkle facade

When we hear “industrial building to be demolished” or “warehouse will be knocked down,” we usually don’t find such vibrant colors paired with floral flourishes. As you can see above, that’s exactly what we found this time. This low-rise building in the midst of a residential enclave is currently home to Meg Saligman Studio. If you’re not familiar with the name, you’re more than likely familiar with the art, as Ms. Saligman’s murals adorn walls across the city thanks to her work with the Mural Arts program. Check out a couple very familiar pieces below.

Common Threads can be seen on the Mural Lofts building at Broad & Spring Garden
Massive flag mural at Spring Garden & Columbus Blvd.

It seems as if this playfully painted studio might soon be gone, as we were told that this will be replaced by a multifamily building on this RM-1 zoned lot. Lily Development, who has been extremely busy in the Bella Vista neighborhood, is rumored to be the developer for this potential project, though we don’t see any recent transactions or permits associated with the property. As sad as we are to perhaps see this singularly decorated structure go, we understand the appeal of the property. This is just minutes away from Whole Foods on South Street as well as the lovely Cianfrani Park, and the multifamily zoning should help speed along the development process. Let’s scope out some of Lily’s other work on the street.

734-38 Bainbridge just across 8th St. to the east
739 & 741 Bainbridge just across the street

If these other projects are any indication, we may see new homes selling at seven figure price tags, as the projects just to the east on Bainbridge currently have rather dear price tags. Or we may see a rental building instead, as this team has plenty of units for rent as well. We just hope that whatever goes up in this spot adds to the spirit of the neighborhood, and maybe includes some space that can accommodate a mural or two.