DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A new, independent arts space is coming to Detroit’s Eastern Market area.

Wasserman Projects is scheduled to open Sept. 25 in a renovated firehouse on the city’s east side.

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Founded by Gary Wasserman, it is envisioned as a hub for artistic growth and development and a gathering place for Detroit’s artistic community.

The man 5,000 square-foot space will include a gallery and performance venue for art installations, interactive works and concerts. Located in an adjacent 2,000 square-foot addition, the “Process” space will host a rotating program focusing on the concept and development of work from emerging artists. It will also feature guest curators, culinary pop ups and other experimental projects.

Starting in the fall of 2016, Wasserman Projects will host a permanent installation of internationally renowned Belgian artist Koen Vanmechlen’s global Cosmopolitan Chicken Project that will also incorporate a breeding space, scientific research, egg and mushroom production with engagement among the larger Detroit community.

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“This center grew out of our excitement over the growth, vibrancy, and creative energy in Detroit,” Wasserman said in a statement. “We look forward to joining the host of institutions, organizations, and individuals that continue to promote our city’s rich history of arts and  culture.”

The opening reception, hosted in the Process space on September 25, 6-10 p.m., will bring together local food producers, artists and designers.

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