Sarah McKenzie

North loop artists, developer clash, negotiate

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The latest condo conversion threatens the last of Downtown's artists; can development and art get along?

The same thing that drew painter Barbara Roche to an old warehouse at 700 Washington Ave. N. sparked an interest in condo developer Chuck Leer -- the abundance of light.

Roche's third-floor studio in the hulking warehouse is airy and spacious. Sun pours in from the massive windows, making it an ideal spot for her to work on her canvasses.

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