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The sale of a state-owned site that is to house a Black arts and cultural center in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood received its final approval Tuesday.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee unanimously approved the sale of the former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regional office building, 2300 N. King Drive, to the Bronzeville Center for the Arts.

That nonprofit group plans to demolish the former DNR offices and develop a 50,000-square-foot arts and cultural center in its place. A 2024 opening is tentatively planned.

The center’s offer to buy the 3.4-acre property for $1.6 million was approved Feb. 9 by the State Building Commission after being recommended by the state Department of Administration.

“The Bronzeville Center for the Arts has now received the necessary approvals to move forward with the purchase and transformation of this prime piece of real estate in the heart of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville District,” said Kristen Hardy, the group’s board president.

Read more on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.