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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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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