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Expands a Property’s Visibility by:

  • Increasing foot traffic.
  • Decreasing vandalism.
  • Generating positive stories in local media.
  • Generating interest and highlighting a building’s potential, much like staging a home.
  • Cleaning up and maintaining properties.
  • Building collaboration between civic stakeholders, business owners, private investors and artist and citizen groups.
  • Improving perception of downtown.

Improves District Vitality by:

  • Increasing density and excitement by utilizing more of Downtown’s critical ground floor spaces.
  • Providing a strong short to medium term strategy for unused or underused spaces, while a new tenant is identified.
  • Flexibly improving an owner’s property for as much (or little) time is needed.
  • Eventually adding new lease paying business owners through the Creative Enterprise track.

FAQs:

Q: Do installations obscure sale and leasing information?
A: Owners may retain as much signage as preferred.

Q: What arrangements govern the installation of artscapes or creative enterprise?
A: For Artscapes :

  • Window Dressing works with property managers and artists to create temporary art installations in vacant storefront windows.
  • High quality applicants are carefully selected through a jurying process.
  • Leases are created on a month to month basis with the understanding that if the property manager finds a paying tenant,
  • Window Dressing can vacate the space within 96 hours.

For Creative Enterprise:

  • Window Dressing works with property managers and entrepreneurs to match viable businesses with temporary, lowcost space for up to six* months in targeted areas.
  • Applicants undergo vigorous training.
  • Leases are created on a month to month basis with the understanding that if the property manager finds a paying tenant, Window Dressing will vacate the space within 30 days.
  • Spaces are subleased through Window Dressing and Window Dressing maintains general liability insurance until the property manager finds a better offer.

Q: What kinds of properties is Window Dressing looking for?
A: Properties should be vacant, unused or awaiting redevelopment. Properties with street level, storefront space or well positioned signage are ideal. Properties can be made available for short term or long term use.

Q: Who has Window Dressing worked with?
A: Centennial Properties/Riverpark Square, Washington Trust Bank, Monroe Madison Management, Inland Church, Power Properties, Goodale & Barbieri, Wells & Company, Downtown Spokane Partnership, Spokane Arts, and the National Endowment of the Arts.