Beverly considers dual live, work space for artists

BEVERLY — Having a combined space to both create art and live in is often ideal for many artists. And the concept may soon be allowed under city zoning.

The city’s Planning Board and City Council are considering allowing artist live/work space under the city’s zoning laws, a change some hope will help grow the artist community. The changes were proposed by the city’s Planning Department last week.

“Boston is becoming way too expensive for artists,” said Gin Wallace, executive director of Beverly Main Streets. 

Live/work space was the top request made during a meeting of the Arts Leaders’ Group, which meets regularly to discuss art-related topics in the city, she added. 

“It’s not legal right now in the city of Beverly,” she said, though she said there were some of these type of spaces before.

The proposed change would allow for a wide variety of creative activity within such areas, not just limited to painting

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