A planned redevelopment project will celebrate an area that had once been a hub of black music and culture in Detroit.
More than $50 million is expected to be invested over the next three years in the Paradise Valley Cultural & Entertainment District.
Paradise Valley’s night clubs hosted jazz legends, and the district’s many black-owned businesses were the center of commerce for the African-American community until many of the shops and homes were demolished beginning in the 1950s in the name of economic development.
The city pushed ahead in recent years with plans to redevelop the area along the eastern edge of downtown.
“The key developers behind this project are longtime Detroiters,” Mayor Mike Duggan said during Wednesday’s announcement. “They know what this district was and they know what it can be. They’re committed to working with existing tenants and building a Paradise Valley that not only honors the heritage of our city, but ushers in our future.”
Five Detroit-based firms will update existing buildings in the area, creating dozens of jobs for city residents. The projects include a boutique hotel, a restaurant, jazz club, offices and luxury apartments.
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