The Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation (MLKEDC) has nurtured residential and commercial health of the local community for over 20 years by pulling together the historical neighborhoods of Harambee, Bronzeville, Halyard Park, Brewer’s Hill, and Riverwest (collectively known as the MLK Village). Each of these neighborhoods hold a unique history but they all face similar challenges when it comes to growing their communities.
People want to live in a place that is attractive, safe, and inspiring with convenient access to the goods and services required for families to be successful and feel fulfilled. Since 1999, MLKEDC has invested almost $67 million on property development and revitalization for 190 units totaling 107,915 square feet within the MLK Village.
We are fortunate to uplift these neighborhoods seated at the soul of Milwaukee’s African American community. Bronzeville and the surrounding communities are the perfect focus for our attention, as they have been home to black entrepreneurs and have deep history as the hub of African American life in the city dating back to the 1960’s.
MLKEDC cultivates a community-minded approach to the development of the urban landscapes we share. What began as a vision to renovate MLK Drive (between Locust and Center streets), has blossomed into an ongoing, multi-neighborhood revitalization project. MLKEDC upgrades the living conditions for low-and moderate-income households by developing affordable housing and constructing commercial and office facilities built to serve the MLK Village neighborhoods.
If you are looking to rent, own, or invest in our communities, MLKEDC is your best resource when it comes to taking the next step. Not only does MLKEDC develop quality rental and owner-occupied housing that is affordable, we engage in entrepreneurial initiatives for creating wealth and jobs and provide technical assistance to area businesses. We support initiatives designed to strengthen the diversity of the MLK Village neighborhoods both from a cultural and economic standpoint.
We look forward to continuing our mission of bringing hope and opportunity to the historic Milwaukee neighborhoods in which we live and love.