MOBILE, ALA. (WALA) – Former Scott Credit Union building will soon become a food bank in Africatown
State, county and city leaders were in Africatown Thursday to make the announcement.
Mobile County Commission Chairman Merceria Ludgood said, âWe will collect it for the community of Africatown. Put it back into service.
The building on Paper Mill Rd will soon be a food bank and will house the newly created Africatown Redevelopment Corporation, a group created in a bill by local Representative Adline Clarke and Senator Vivian Figures.
Clarke said, âThe primary focus of the Africatown Redevelopment Corporation, when operational, is the revitalization of Africatown, so we see this as the first major step. “
The Meaher family who owned the building sold it to the city of Mobile for $ 50,000. That’s a fraction of his valuation of $ 300,000.
THE Maeher family said in a statement, âWhen Mayor Stimpson contacted the Meaher family regarding the sale and / or donation of this property to the City of Mobile for this project, we couldn’t think of a better way to give back. to the community. We all look forward to seeing this business become a reality with a lasting positive impact on the community for years to come. “
Cleon Jones, who is on the Africatown redevelopment committee and former “Miracle Mets” baseball legend, said he was hopeful for the future of his hometown.
âMost people in Africatown will say it took years. Some would say it took centuries to get to where we are today, but the blessing of all of this is that progress is being made. ‘in a way I hadn’t expected to see lately. three or four years. “
The food bank is expected to be operational in about three months.
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