OMA & Library Street Collective have announced plans to expand the foot print of LSC’s cultural plans in Detroit’s East Village with an adaptive reuse of a former commercial bakery and warehouse built in the 1900s into a mixed-use arts education and public space for Detroit’s East Village. Led by OMA Partner Jason Long, the 22,300 square foot complex will be transformed to serve as headquarters for two local arts non-profits, Signal-Return and PASC (Progressive Arts Studio Collective). Nicknamed ‘LANTERN’, it will also include roughly 5,300 square feet of affordable artist studios, an art gallery, and nearly 4,000 feet of creative retail—centered around a 2,000 square foot outdoor courtyard.PASC and Signal-Return will anchor the development, occupying roughly 8,500 square feet of combined space on the building’s main level. PASC is the first art studio and exhibition program dedicated to supporting adults with developmental disabilities and mental health differences in Detroit and Wayne County. The new headquarters for PASC will provide studio space, workshops, and a gallery to showcase the work of its artists. Signal-Return is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and teaching traditional letterpress printing in Detroit. The new flagship location will provide opportunities to further expand its programming, which includes workshops, exhibitions, educational partnerships, and the sale of prints and ephemera that focus on the work of Detroit-based artists.OMA’s approach takes advantage of the building’s current state of disrepair, transforming an area missing both its roof and an end wall into a courtyard at the heart of the building. Defined as the primary entry with multiple frontages for all tenants, the courtyard becomes a public, accessible gateway and an activity condenser. Signal-Return and PASC’s diverse set of programs—art education, production and display—are organized within and across the existing structures to maximize points of access and potentials for community interface. Production zones and artist studios create an active and inviting face to Amity Street; galleries line the courtyard to reinforce a public heart for the building; and neighborhood serving functions are orchestrated on the opposite side of the courtyard to consolidate the most public amenities along Kercheval Avenue.The project is designed by Partner Jason Long with Associate Chris Yoon, Project Architect Samuel Biroscak, and OMA New York.