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Stony Island Arts Bank

Catapult is proud to announce the opening of the Stony Island Arts Bank for which Catapult’s Paul Dincin served as the Development Manager and Owners Representative.

Stony Island Art Bank

Catapult is working for visionary artist and community Leader Theater Gates on the rehabilitation of the Stony Island State Savings Bank at 68th and Stony Island. The Arts Bank has garnered international attention and will house galleries, offices, studios, performance spaces as well as Ebony & Jet magazine founder, John H. Johnson’s personal archive collection. Gates describes the new center as “An institution of and for the South Side—a repository for African American culture and history, a laboratory for the next generation of black artists and culture-interested people.”

Stony Island Art Bank

The three story, 24,000 sq. foot historic building was rescued from demolition after standing vacant for over 30 years. The dialect condition with 4 feet of sanding water in the basement only added to Catapult’s challenging assignment to orchestrate all the moving parts of the development. The diverse tasks included budgeting, architect and contractor selection, design oversite, permitting, zoning, construction administration, financing and obtaining historic tax credits just to name a few.

Stony Island Art Bank

Working from the very start to transform this beautiful but neglected structure into a new multipurpose facility has been both challenging and rewarding. It serves as an excellent example of how our development, construction, legal and management skills come together to bring a complex and challenging project like the Arts Bank to life. The Arts Bank grand opened in conjunction with the Architectural Biennial on October 3, 2015.

619 S. LaSalle and 2036 S. Michigan Loft Apartment Conversions

Founding partner Paul Dincin has been busy putting his loft development experience to work by serving as the Owners Representative on behalf of Marc Realty to convert the vacant warehouse at 619 S. LaSalle Street and 2036 S. Michigan into loft apartments. Working with architects HPA and general contractor LG Construction, Catapult has been involved with every step of these developments.

619 S. LaSalle Street

Paul used his extensive experience as one of the foremost developers of warehouse loft space to manage the construction, design, zoning, historic tax credits, cost and scheduling of these projects.

Since there are so many unforeseen conditions and surprises in old buildings, this type of construction is usually more challenging then then new construction. Catapult has helped navigate these many challenges and obstacles of converting the vacant bindery at 619 S. LaSalle and the former Studebaker auto dealership at 2036 S. Michigan into luxury apartments.

619 S. LaSalle Street

There are a myriad of challenges and obstacles to overcome when a changing the use of 100 year old buildings. One of the most difficult is fitting all modern amenities into the limited space while still meeting the strict City of Chicago building code and National Parks Service requirements for historic tax credits.

The University of Chicago Arts Incubator

The University of Chicago hired Catapult to develop the Arts Incubator at 301 W. Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL.

Stony Island Art Bank

The University entrusted us with fulfilling their goal of expanding westward on time and on budget. The location is just west of the main campus and very near one of the final sites in the running for Obama Presidential Library. We were involved on behalf of the University in every part of this important development from bidding, selecting the architect, Built Form and general contractor, John James Construction, all the way through obtaining the Certificate of Occupancy and turning the building over to ownership.

U of C leveraged our wealth of experience with adaptive re-use development to turn this derelict vacant building into a vibrant multidisciplinary cultural attraction. The Arts Incubator features performance space, offices, galleries, studios and workshops. The restored terra cotta building is now home to the University’s Arts and the Public Life Initiative which is led by well-known artist, urban planner and visionary, Theaster Gates.

Stony Island Art Bank

Paul Dincin explained, “The University’s goal was to provide flexible, multi-use space that is at once comfortable, functional and beautiful. We are proud that we had a hand in truing this into a reality.

Company News

Downtown Milwaukee Office Building along Streetcar Line to be Converted to 73 Apartments

Underwriters Exchange Building

A historic downtown Milwaukee office building will be converted into around 70 apartments and will be renamed to take advantage of its location along the city's new streetcar line.

Stony Island Arts Bank Opens

Stony Island Arts Bank

Catapult is proud to announce the opening of the Stony Island Arts Bank, for which Paul Dincin served as Owners Representative and Development Manager.

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