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New Live-Work Space for Artists Coming Soon to Petersburg

walkway with kool sign
The Brown and Williamson Tobacco Factory closed in 1985. They manufactured cigarette brands such as Kool, L & M and Chesterfield. City of Petersburg

Petersburg officials call the development one of the largest in years. It’s part of the former Brown & Williamson tobacco factory which already has about 200 new loft-style units.

Now they’re adding 50 artist live-work spaces, for people making less than $48,000. Features include up to 150 square feet of extra room to be used as a studio, says Todd Graham of the Cameron Foundation which helped plan the design.

“So we expect this to be a major draw for artists who are looking for affordable space to live and create their artwork.”


Graham says the cost of the apartments will run between $650 to $1500.

The City and the Cameron Foundation worked with the Minnesota-based Artspace, a non-profit that creates affordable and sustainable space for artists.

The units are scheduled to be ready by late 2020.

Ian Stewart/WCVE News


Ian M. Stewart previously was the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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