A popular art space in Barrio Logan is kicking out its resident artists at the end of the month.
San Diego fire marshal inspectors and city code enforcement last year found safety problems and code violations at The Glashaus, which houses several art studios and a gallery. City and fire officials told Matt Devine, the artist who holds the master lease at Glashaus, that the venue could no longer host public events due to fire safety concerns. La Bodega Gallery in Barrio Logan was also told it had to cap its capacity until it made required safety upgrades.
The crackdown came just weeks after the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people, some of them artists who lived or worked in the space. Art venues housed in warehouses and other unconventional spaces in cities across the country saw similar crackdowns after the deadly fire.
Devine told me at the time that he just had to make a few fixes to get the place back up and running.
“There are a couple things fire officials requested that we do, so we’re just trying to be as code compliant and fire safe as we can,” he said.
Now, though, public records show that the case has been moved from the city’s code enforcement division to the city attorney’s office, which signals that not all the required improvements have been made and that the city could take legal action after it conducts an investigation.