Just a quick reminder – there’s a meeting tomorrow at Catablu on Broadway at Noon. Â The meeting concerns redevelopment of Broadway and is known as “The Broadway Corridor Project.” Â The meeting is aimed at property owners and businesses along Broadway.
Article on the WANE-15 website:
Big plans for Downtown’s Broadway
Report by Matt McCutcheon, WANE.
[…] A group of about half-a-dozen business owners along Broadway wants to transform the main artery into a major downtown attraction. Sidewalk construction that’s already taking place could soon just be the tip of the iceberg.
[…] That’s why members of “The Broadway Corridor Project” want to transform the area into a village like Broad Ripple in Indianapolis.
[…] Several parts of Broadway have already been redeveloped over the years. A prime example of that is the Catablu Restaurant. It was an X-rated movie theatre in the mid-1980s… ordered to be closed down by a federal judgment. Now it’s a five-star restaurant, celebrating 10-years of business.
“It was a lot to get open! We had to do a huge renovation. When we walked in 10 years ago, we looked up and we saw the sky,” said Catablu creator Maureen Catalogna.
Catalogna and her husband rebuilt the building, while building a successful business.
They believe the historic nature of Broadway is one of its prime assets.
“There’s so much that can be done because there’s great architecture on this street,” said Catalogna.
[…] “With the baseball stadium and the condos and the retail development, the time is finally here that Broadway will get the boost that it needs,” said Schaper.
“This is a perfect compliment to be able to expand the concept of urban living. We really need that kind of grassroots private enterprise to kind of get the initiative rolling and then have the city try to help to get together, help organize it, and try to be a good partner,” said City Council Member Tim Pape.
[…]Â “I don’t expect to see Broadway turning into a glittering gateway within six months, but I certainly think that with 24 to 36 months, that the whole character and tone and perception of Broadway will transform dramatically,” [Steve] Shine said.
[…] What happens at that meeting could determine a variety of things, such as who will be involved, the city’s involvement in the private partnership, and what’s needed to redevelop the area.
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