Mexicantown's Mercado Building has been an empty municipal money pit since construction ended in 2008, but the attractive building's long-awaited day in the sun has finally arrived. Yesterday, Ford proclaimed that the Mercado would serve as the headquarters of its "Operation Brighter Future - Detroit" initiative, which will inject $10M into Mexicantown community services.
Originally intended as a community business incubator, the Mercado was hemmed in by construction on the nearby Gateway Project, becoming the center of what one city official called a "perfect storm" of burdensome financing and mismanagement. We'd just call that "Detroit."
· With Gateway open, focus turns to sparkling-new but long-empty Mercado and Welcome Center in Southwest Detroit [mLive]
· Ford announces $10-million community center in Mexicantown [Freep]