Live/Work Lofts

/ live / work

at the tannery arts center

The Lofts at the Tannery include 100 units of affordable housing for artists and their families in two buildings on the banks of the San Lorenzo River. The apartments — ranging from studio to one, two and three bedroom units — are constructed over a resident parking area. They have high ceilings, plenty of natural light, durable surfaces to accommodate a variety of creative disciplines, and additional floor space to allow for a studio area.

The City of Santa Cruz partnered with Artspace, Inc. to build and manage the Lofts for artists and their families. The residential project serves individuals and families earning 50 percent or less of area median income. Rents are based on income level, size of family and apartment size. They are determined by guidelines established by the project’s funding sources.

If you’re interested in making the Tannery your home, visit the JSCO web site, or email

If you have questions, email

Artspace Tannery Lofts Resident Selection Criteria and Process

Tenant selection preference is given to Santa Cruz County households meeting the income criteria who participate in, and are committed to, the creative arts.


Annual gross household income cannot exceed 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Santa Cruz County. The AMI income limits are updated and published yearly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Income calculations are based upon the applicant’s expected annual gross income, and management is required to obtain third party income verification on all sources of income. For purposes of determining income eligibility, the income of live-in personal care attendants will not be counted as household income but they will be included for the purpose of determining unit size.


did you know / fun facts

The Tannery Arts Center has housed:

>  a Fulbright Scholar

>  numerous instructors who teach regionally at the college-level

>  professional musicians

>  a literary magazine which has been listed four times in the book Best American Essays 2015.

>  Rydell Fellows who receive grant funds from the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County to keep them producing in their field.