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A site located on a prominent corner of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville district and formerly occupied by the Department of Natural Resources could be transformed into a center for African American art and culture.

The Bronzeville Center for the Arts, a nonprofit group focused on persevering and presenting African American art and culture, unveiled on Wednesday its vision to develop a 50,000-square-foot cultural campus featuring exhibitions, education and artistic programming at 2312 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Milwaukee’s north side.

BCA was recently selected as the top responder to an offer to buy the 3.4-acre state-owned property at the northeast corner of King Drive and North Avenue. The two-story building on the site served as the Wisconsin DNR Southeast Regional Headquarters and Milwaukee Service Center until last summer, when the department moved those operations to 1027 W. St Paul Ave. The state listed the former DNR property for sale in October.

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