Finally the long-awaiting construction of the 159-unit luxury workforce rental apartment building will see the light of day. Brought to Mount Vernon by The Atlantic Development, started during Mayor Davis first administration. Then he lost to Mayor Clinton and was voted back in the next term, the ground breaking is expected to be the first of much new construction in Mount Vernon including new buildings that will be built on South Fifth Avenue, Macquesten Parkway, Bradford Road and Fourth Avenue.
“We have never seen so much building in this city since I have been involved in politics,” say Mayor Ernie Davis at the press conference.
The press conference for the ground breaking was full of dignitaries and elected official, including Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Senator Klein, Mayor Ernest Davis, Councilman Yuhanna Edwards, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, Ken Knuckles, President and CEO of The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone who were there to say a few words and pose for traditional camera ops that come with this sort of occasions.
But BW wanted to speak to the man who negotiated the deal for the workforce and is responsible for training and preparing Mount Vernon residents in the construction skills ie: plumbing, electrical, masonry, etc., needed to do the job, André Wallace, President of Creative Direction Construction & Design and The National Builders Association.
“I strongly believe prison is temporary, however, education is forever,” André Wallace tells BW. “We cannot arrest our way out of poverty and into a great city. We change our communities by empowering others through the possibilities of what could be, rather than what is seen in the here and now. If we want to success, we have to look beyond the now!”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5Kr_TsoFtI&w=853&h=480] Andre Wallace speaks exclusively to Black Westchester about the new project