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The week of Jan. 20, the Downtown Artery was temporarily shut down by the Fire Department’s annual inspection. They’re being forced to change the buildings occupancy classification and, until they do so, they have to “cease to operate.” This means the cancellation of all classes, events, and that the artists must leave for now. The occupancy switch may sound like an easy thing to do, but there are many changes, expensive ones, that need to be made in order to be up to code. We hope that “temporary” means only a couple of weeks, but it’s true that anything which requires city approval can take several months. The Artery will potentially be launching a Community Funded campaign to help cover some of the renovations. Look for updates on the Downtown Artery’s Facebook page and at downtownartery.com.