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The Bronzeville Center for the Arts (BCA) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 2 its vision for a world-class art and cultural center in the heart of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville District.

A news release says BCA’s $1.6 million land purchase proposal will be considered by the State Building Commission on Feb. 9. The proposal will also need approval from the State’s Joint Committee on Finance. If approved, BCA would transform the site into a campus at 507 W. North Avenue, including a 50,000-square-foot facility that would serve as the BCA’s premier institution. The campus will feature exhibitions, education, and immersive artistic programming.

Construction will begin on the BCA’s first investment in Bronzeville this spring, a $1 million redevelopment of 507 W. North Avenue. The North Avenue project will include the redevelopment of an existing duplex building as well as the construction of an addition, which will span an adjacent vacant lot. The BCA’s North Avenue development will be home to a gallery, workshop space, and BCA offices.

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