Detroit-Wednesday marked a started to a resurgence of a community that was paved over and through during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The Michigan Chronicle held its groundbreaking ceremony in Paradise Valley for its new headquarters building located across from Harmonie Park. Chief Executive Officer of Real Times Media, Hiram Jackson, said “The Michigan Chronicle has been an integrated part of the Detroit community for almost 80 years, so it is only natural that we center our operations in the heart of the resurgence of Detroit.”
The Michigan Chronicle will be located on the third floor of 1452 Randolph and promises to provide the most up to date digital workspace for its employees. The 3.1 million dollar project is being renovated by Jenkins Construction, will bring employment to the city for construction workers as well as 36 additional job at Real Times Media.
President of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Rodrick Miller, stated that Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is committed to the growth of black business in Detroit. This groundbreaking ceremony is most significant to an area where segregation once forged Paradise Valley and Black Bottom; black owners built their businesses for the black community.
The event was attended by most of Detroit’s leaders Preacher’s of Detroit Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and Councilwoman Mary Sheffield, and Rev. Wendel Anthony that opened the ceremony with prayer.
Although the Michigan Chronicle never resided in Paradise Valley during the boom of black brands, the paper calls its move the return home in terms of bringing black owned business and black-owned real estate back to the area.
Today the tradition of African-Americans owning businesses in the Paradise Valley area continues.
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