Mayor Catherine Pugh signed an executive order Tuesday that will allow artists to remain in their work and living spaces despite code violations, so long as the buildings “do not represent an imminent threat to life or safety.”

At the recommendation of the Safe Art Space Task Force, Pugh said city officials will cooperate with property owners and tenants to correct code violations.

Jon Laria, co-chair of the task force, said the executive order was a “practical, short-term step” that reflects the task force’s goal of creating “a cooperative effort among the city regulators, artists and owners of these buildings to try and maintain their occupancy.”

Pugh formed the task force in December to create “safe, cost-effective” spaces for artists after the city’s abrupt closing of the Bell Foundry, a Station North warehouse transformed into art studios.

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