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I WANT YOUR HELP MAKING ART BY THE RIVER (urban rehab; Hartford CT art renaissance; art/music/urbanity will change the world)

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  DAYS SONG       'HOW REAL'S LOVE SUPPOSED TO BE '              (1)    

~SAMSON~
~SAMSON~

    

~paper/stone~
~paper/stone~

   

                                      ~  benificent diety  ~.                                                          


ART-HUT is the proposed re-generation of an urban building located at 162 Bartholomew St. in Hartford CT.

I want to take this beautiful old building, which is currently scheduled to be torn down by the City of Hartford, and convert it to a live-work studio space and performance gallery for both artists and musicians alike.  I have negotiated with the city and they have agreed to reduce the title cost from $184,080 to $17,499!  

The premises with projected additions
The premises with projected additions

The circumstances of this agreement, however, dictate that this sum be raised by June 30th 2014.  See purchase agreement below.

 I've discussed with the City an extended timeline (thus the July 9 Kickstarter deadline). I'm going in June 30 with as much as I can!

Purchase Agreement
Purchase Agreement

The City of Hartford will put up 160/2 Bartholomew St. up for tax auction, if I don't obtain it, for $42,600.  I am trying to sell shares of a mortgage that are MUCH less than that (see below):

Proposal for Funding
Proposal for Funding

This Kickstarter campaign is set up to do two fundings.

  First:  The money will be used to acquire 162 Bartholomew (the ART HUT).

  Second:  The acquisition money will be considered to be purchase money for one or more shares of a mortgage held on 162 Bartholomew.  This share will be donated to a non~profit in the field of urban re~vitalization. Donee to be decided with a vote by ART HUT contributors.

My vote is Brooklyn Urban Farmers.  Check out their Kickstarter page!

Please note--this is not an offer of equity to our Kickstarter donors.  The 'enticements and inducements' are offered to our donors.  The equity benefits are a pass-through from us to a Kickstarter-approved non-profit.

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                                 * * *  Additional Examples  * * *

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THE VISION
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For more examples, please check out my website, which is here:

www.marcburns.com

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Risks and challenges

The two good ways problems are solved are,one- being alert,strong,ready enough to deal with unforeseen events and,best,two- foreseeing and forestalling problems before they occur.

Experience helps.

In my bid for Kickstarter funding are included letters that show some foresight by dealing with structural and legal problems ahead of time.

Problem 1-$164,700 in Hartford Blight Review Commitee fines and resultant liens.
Solution- Saw from Centro Renacer's files that a valid argument could be made for most of these liens being removed because the issues had been addressed or the fines being in~applicable.Through negotiation the adjusted amount to satisfy all Blight liens is now $4,500,

Problem 2-Roof.
Solution- See drawing.

Problem 3- Masonry.
Solution- This was more a financial problem than a structural one.There is on file an Engineers report stating that the building is fundamentally sound.The problem was astronomical prices being bid for repairs. I got on the internet and found Helifix. They make specialized products to repair and re~inforce brick buildings.Usually the application is for 'multi~million dollar projects',but their field rep,John Montalcalvo,was intrigued by the project and came up from Pennsylvania to look at it.He states in his letter that they will supply the necessary materiels for 'a few thousand dollars'.(he told me around$ 2,500)

Problem 4- Re~zoning from 6 family to single family.I discussed this with Jeff Cormier,head of Hartford Planning and Zoning.His letter states that this an approved zoning change.

There are of course myriad other problems that have been and will need to be solved. I hope these examples demonstrate to you foresight,ability,and persistence enough on my part to make ART HUT seem viable.

And,of course,money.

Problem 5- Funding.
Solution(s)- Mortgage/Equity offering (see enclosed). KICKSTARTER!

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