After Fioretti stopped welding and McCraw went home for the night, as props and scenery sat tucked away in dark corners, a freight train headed north on the railroad tracks. It passed workshops and studios and the wood-chipped remnants of Starting Over. It passed the relics of false starts, the vaulted space of the big warehouse, and the gym that has nothing to do with art. The train engine hummed and the boxcars rolled, clack-clack, clack-clack, over the joints, and finally, it went by the graffiti-clad back of the Collide Factory, a testament to optimism at the end of the block. The lights were off; the silver overhead doors were drawn down and locked. The space waited for people, and miles away on that February night, Webster waited for a day when his project — his huge, messy, all-too-real project by the tracks — could sustain itself.

Webster had recently taken stock of the inventory that had cost nearly all of his money. "We need two more desks, a couple of chairs," he remarked. "We have to finish what we started. Otherwise, this is just a big warehouse."

Less than two months later, on April 14, sad news would appear on Webster's Twitter feed: "Friends, I have officially closed the doors at Collide Factory FAT Village, due to overwhelming complications." He would move to Orlando, leaving behind FAT Village for good.

Doug McCraw owns most of the buildings in FAT Village.
Photo by Michael McElroy
Doug McCraw owns most of the buildings in FAT Village.
After a dispute about rent, Adam White moved to a cheaper and busier space at Galt Ocean Mile.
Photo by Michael McElroy
After a dispute about rent, Adam White moved to a cheaper and busier space at Galt Ocean Mile.

The train rolled away into the distance. All around the neighborhood, there was silence, and darkness, and space.

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Captain Sandbar
Captain Sandbar

How can Adam White say "I was paying rent"? READ: Around the corner, a storefront on Andrews sat dark and empty. It used to house Gallery 101, Taped to the door was an eviction notice, claiming $18,788.07 in unpaid rent, signed by P. Douglas McCraw. White sounds like a dead beat to me based on the article...Creepy

D.F.W.M.
D.F.W.M.

The rents at FAT may be higher in some places, and for good reason as it sits in a very booming area with recently a 20 million dollar residential building is under construction.

Adam White didn't do the right thing and quietly moved out and snubbed McCraw of almost $20,000.

What an opportunity to see the character of a so called "business owner" that Adam White is!

McCraw should file charges against White and take him to court for unpaid back rent.

Michelle G.
Michelle G.

I think you have a foggy perspective of Adam and Doug's dispute and posting you're opinion of a great gallery is hardly doing good for the area. We need to be supporting artist and galleries and not landlords. Let the landlord manage and mitigate whatever the dispute was.

D.F.W.M.
D.F.W.M.

The "great gallery" you claim White's had, apparently wasn't that great since it didn't attract enough people to sustain it -- hence one of the other reasons why he moved.

Maybe it was great for Adam White himself, as he was pocketing a large portion of the artists money with commissions and the cost he charged for them to hang their art on the walls of his gallery.

The area has continued to build momentum and foot traffic with the artwalks and other events there, but this article and the writer certainly hasn't helped the "struggle" by maliciously espousing only a negative view of the area. The area has much to offer and is getting better with city improvements by the week.

There's a reason a $20 million dollar development is going up right across the street.

Everyone who leaves FAT Village seems to only speak of the negative side of the equation. But there are two sides to it, and the benefits that White gained from being at FAT Village -- from the artwalks and events and foot traffic that steered them into his gallery, shows us how positive that area was for him from the new clients he gained that came to the events which he took with him to his new gallery.

If White would have stuck it out and supported the efforts of FAT Village like he said he did, and not left the property owing $18k in back rent thus being evicted on bad terms, then he truly would have been doing something positively benefiting everyone involved.

What Francisco is doing with that space is amazing and I applaud his efforts!

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

I bet if you had a few food trucks there you could get a few hundred people, but what do I know? I've never been bankrupt.

Miami Beer Tour
Miami Beer Tour

Thanks to Doug, Travis and everyone at FAT Village. Murals out back of FAT Village walls and containers inside Collide Factory created by MBT (Miami Beer Tour), a group of artists based in Tokyo, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Murals are always changing and living outdoor installations with the use of tape which preserves parts of the murals before them. Artists include La Mano Fria, Broke, Team Panza, Marvel, Neon 7...For more info and images check out:http://tokyobeertour.tumblr.co...and follow MBT on facebook:http://www.facebook.com/profil...

Bap1346
Bap1346

Is this where the New Times office is? Otherwise I can't see why they wrote about this.

counts
counts

Well... they couldn't event support their area... I wonder... Oh!!! it was was the new guy Stephan who wrote the article.... He doesn't even know that The Galt area is dead!

New Times
New Times

The name is an acronym for "Flager Arts and Technology".

steroids
steroids

excuse my stupidity but why is it called fat village ?

 
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