In 2017, there was a change in the ownership of The Jax 48-unit apartment building in St. Paul’s coveted Lowertown neighborhood — much of it driven by the importance of art and artists in and around the building.
Since then, the new project team has worked to connect with their Lowertown neighbors and infuse the artistic soul of the area into the historic Jax property. The property now features works from local artists and the new ownership group has committed to further support of these artists as sponsors of the St. Paul Art Crawl.
The result is that The Jax is now almost half leased (48%) since opening in June of this year!
As you’ll not in the full News Release, the refurbished structure provides an authentic St. Paul lifestyle that delivers contemporary comfort without compromising the art and architecture of a true Lowertown landmark. Recognizing the artist community that preceded the 21st century redevelopment of downtown’s inner urban core, the building is hard to miss: It features a striking Ta-coumba T. Aiken mural, tying the past to the present and future.
According Jon McClure, Chief Executive Officer of Iuvo Companies, SBC, “The previous owners planned to remove Ta-coumba’s mural from the building and had generally not embraced the local artist community. Once we took over the project, it was an easy decision to save the mural and explore ways that we could promote and support the artists.”