The Madam Walker Legacy Centre anchors the Indiana Avenue Cultural District. (IBJ photograph/Lesley Weidenbener)
Some Black residents want to enjoy a greater role in figuring out progress along Indiana Avenue, subsequent a neighborhood firm’s choice to scrap controversial plans for a huge multifamily challenge subsequent to the Madam Walker Legacy Centre.
The proposed $70 million enhancement from Buckingham Cos. at 719 Indiana Ave.—property owned by the Walker Center—called for almost 350 current market-charge apartments, a considerable parking garage, and countless numbers of square ft of retail space.
But the proposal attained minimal traction—and some important opposition—among neighbors. Amongst these tough the growth was the traditionally Black Ransom Location Historic District, a block north of the Walker Heart, and a new group known as Reclaim Indiana Avenue.
Reclaim emerged in late July, immediately after IBJ first described on the Walker’s strategies to sell the 2.6-acre home, which sits just northwest of