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Slam Academy to move to Northeast’s Waterbury Building

Updated: August 5, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Slam Academy, a downtown-based electronic music school, is moving to Northeast Minneapolis due to the future development of its space in an addition to the historic Handicraft Guild Building.

James Patrick, an artist and instructor at Slam Academy, said in an email that the school will be moving to the Waterbury Building at 1121 Jackson St. in the Logan Park neighborhood. Their plan is to reopen in October. 

A developer is planning to build a 20-story apartment tower in place of a non-historically designated 1914 addition to the Handicraft Guild Building. Patrick and his wife Jade run Slam Academy and Gamut Gallery, respectively, in the addition. 

The historic building and its century-old addition host an eclectic mix of tenants due to the aging, low-rent commercial space in the proximity to the downtown core. 

Several business owners from Givens Violins, Thompson Drum Shop and Dahl Violin Shop told the Journal in May that they also plan to relocate.

Jade Patrick said she is considering a larger space for the art gallery in order to add a cafe component.

Tom Amel of Overproof, a screenprinting shop, said in an email that he’ll be moving his shop in the next couple months and relocating at 3200 Snelling Ave. S. 

Josi Severson closed her home, fashion and fabrics studio and retail shop at the end of June.