Before and after: Partnership sprucing up MLK corridor

May 13, 2011
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2701 MLK St BeforeA partnership between the city and nonprofit groups to spruce up the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street corridor is yielding results. 2701 MLK St AfterOne visible example is the retail building between 27th and 28th streets across the street from the U.S. Post Office branch. The Department of Metropolitan Development partnered with Local Initiatives Support Corp., Flanner House and Business Owners Initiative of Indiana on the new brick work and awnings for the building. The improvements, paid in part by revenue from a tax-increment finance district covering the area, are part of a pilot program "created to assist existing businesses and to create momentum for improvements" to buildings along the corridor, said John Bartholomew, a DMD spokesman. The nonprofit Flanner House, which is headquartered a few blocks south of the building, is administering the program. The work on 2701 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. was paid for with $27,000 from the United Northwest Area TIF district, $25,000 from the Local Initiatives Support Corp., and $5,000 from the property owner. (Property records list the owner as the Elizabeth Williams Life Estate & Revocable Living Trust.) If the owner sells within two years, the TIF investment would be assessed against the property, Bartholomew said.

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    Closer to downtown on Indiana Avenue, I was disappointed to see that Zing! had closed recently. It's so close to the IUPUI campus, I wonder what might go in next. Cory, doesn't the restaurateur own this building?
  • Before and After
    Blackline was proud to be a part of this pivotal project. www.blacklinestudio.net

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