Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Doughnut Day!
National Doughnut Day, also known as National Donut Day, is an annual event that was started by the Chicago branch of the Salvation Army, first being held in 1938. It was created to honor the "Lassies," "Doughnut Girls," or "Doughnut Dollies" who had served doughnuts to servicemen in Europe during World War I. The aim of the day was also to be a fundraiser for Chicago's Salvation Army, in order to help the many people who were suffering on account of the Great Depression.
During World War I, the Salvation Army sent about 250 women volunteers who became known as "Doughnut Dollies" to France. They worked in "huts" near the front lines, where baked goods, supplies, and stamps were available, as were services for mending clothes. As it was hard to get most fresh baked goods this close to the front lines, doughnuts were chosen. At times they were even fried in helmets! The Salvation Army reintroduced the giving out of doughnuts during World War II, and members of the Red Cross gave them out as well. Today, the day is still a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in many places, and the organization teams up with various doughnut shops on the day. Some places also give out free doughnuts today.
Syracuse Football: Star Orange players garnering NFL Draft buzz for 2023 (itlh; Adler)
Famed NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN recently released his early rankings for the 2023 NFL Draft, and he’s included a pair of Syracuse football players in his position ratings.
According to a piece from Emily Leiker of Syracuse.com, Kiper put Orange star running back Sean Tucker at No. 8 among RBs. Meanwhile, Kiper has ‘Cuse stand-out defensive back Garrett Williams at No. 9 among cornerbacks.
Obviously, we have a way to go before the 2023 NFL Draft, and we’ll have to see how Tucker and Williams perform during the upcoming 2022 season for Syracuse football.
But it’s encouraging that Kiper, one of the top NFL Draft analysts in the business, has these two Orange players on his radar.
Syracuse football didn’t have any players taken in the recently held 2022 NFL Draft.
After getting shut out in this year’s NFL Draft, the ‘Cuse certainly has a chance to hear one or more of its current players’ names called in the 2023 NFL Draft, led by the 5-foot-10 Tucker and the 6-foot Williams.
In 2021, when the Orange went 5-7 overall, Tucker produced a historic campaign for Syracuse football, on his way to earning various All-America honors and landing on the All-ACC first team.
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #94, P Colby Barker (TNIAAM; Wall)
New football season. New Dome name. New reasons for optimism for Syracuse Orange fans? Let’s get to meeting the 2022 Orange...up next is
Name: Colby Barker
Weight: 215 lbs
Class: (Redshirt) Senior
Hometown: Pittsford, N.Y.
High School: Pittsford Mendon
2021 stats: Had one punt against Rutgers...and let’s all agree not to rehash that one.
2022 projections: Syracuse brought in another punter in January and it would seem that Barker would fall to fourth on the depth chart. If he’s going to see the field his best chance seems to be either as a kickoff specialist or holder.
How’d he get here?: Barker came to Syracuse as a graduate transfer from Ohio State after playing four years of lacrosse for the Buckeyes.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Barker was a four star prospect from Inside Lacrosse and was an All-American at Pittsford Mendon.
ESPN Syracuse: On The Block On Demand 6-2 on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; radio; Axe)
Brent discusses Ohio State reportedly needing $13 million in NIL money to retain their team and what will need to change to give smaller schools an equal opportunity. Later, Josh and Bryce join Brent for the Mount Rushmore Draft of playoff things.
ACC Football 2022 All-Conference Team (athlonsports.com; Lassan)
The 2022 All-ACC Team is led by 14 selections from Pitt, while Clemson (13), Miami (12) and NC State (11) also hit double-digit picks. Wake Forest and North Carolina each has 10 selections on the All-ACC Team for '22, while Syracuse and Florida State check in with nine.
Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2022. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2022.
An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2022. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2022 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year. Also, team strength does not play a role in selections. These are the best individual players at each position in the league for '22.
ACC Football 2022 All-Conference TeamFirst-Team Offense
QB Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
RB Sean Tucker, Syracuse
RB Will Shipley, Clemson
WR A.T. Perry, Wake Forest
WR Josh Downs, North Carolina
WR Dontayvion Wicks, Virginia
TE Marshon Ford, Louisville
C Grant Gibson, NC State
OL Jordan McFadden, Clemson
OL Caleb Chandler, Louisville
OL Christian Mahogany, Boston College
OL Zion Nelson, Miami
DL Calijah Kancey, Pitt
DL Myles Murphy, Clemson
DL Bryan Bresee, Clemson
DL Tyler Davis, Clemson
LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson
LB Mikel Jones, Syracuse
LB Payton Wilson, NC State
LB Drake Thomas, NC State
CB Kei'Trel Clark, Louisville
CB Josh DeBerry, Boston College
S Jammie Robinson, Florida State
S Andrew Mukuba, Clemson
K B.T. Potter, Clemson
P Lou Hedley, Miami
KR Jaylen Stinson, Duke
PR Taylor Morin, Wake Forest
QB Devin Leary, NC State
RB Pat Garwo III, Boston College
RB Jaylan Knighton, Miami
AP Keytaon Thompson, Virginia
WR Taylor Morin, Wake Forest
WR Zay Flowers, Boston College
TE Will Mallory, Miami
C Michael Jurgens, Wake Forest
OL Sean Maginn, Wake Forest
OL Carter Warren, Pitt
OL DJ Scaife, Miami
OL Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse
DL Cory Durden, NC State
DL Rondell Bothroyd, Wake Forest
DL Habakkuk Baldonado, Pitt
DL Myles Murphy, North Carolina
DL Robert Cooper, Florida State
DL Xavier Thomas, Clemson
LB Yasir Abdullah, Louisville
LB Nick Jackson, Virginia
LB SirVocea Dennis, Pitt
CB Tyrique Stevenson, Miami
CB Duce Chestnut, Syracuse
S Brandon Hill, Pitt
S Tanner Ingle, NC State
K Andres Borregales, Miami
P Peter Moore, Virginia Tech
KR Trebor Pena, Syracuse
PR Thayer Thomas, NC State
QB Brennan Armstrong, Virginia
RB Malachi Thomas, Virginia Tech
RB Israel Abanikanda, Pitt
WR Thayer Thomas, NC State
WR Key'Shawn Smith, Miami
WR Billy Kemp IV, Virginia
WR Jared Wayne, Pitt
TE Gavin Bartholomew, Pitt
C Owen Drexel, Pitt
OL Graham Barton, Duke
OL Dillan Gibbons, Florida State
OL Marcus Minor, Pitt
OL Kaden Moore, Virginia Tech
DL DeWayne Carter, Duke
DL Leonard Taylor, Miami
DL Fabien Lovett, Florida State
DL Jermayne Lole, Louisville (committed transfer)
LB Charlie Thomas, Georgia Tech
LB Dax Hollifield, Virginia Tech
LB Stefon Thompson, Syracuse
LB Shaka Heyward, Duke
LB Isaiah Moore, NC State
CB Omarion Cooper, Florida State
CB Caelen Carson, Wake Forest
S Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech
S Jaiden Woodbey, Boston College
K Sam Scarton, Pitt
P Alex Mastromanno, Florida State
KR Will Shipley, Clemson
PR Mycah Pittman, Florida State
QB Tyler Van Dyke, Miami
RB Treshaun Ward, Florida State
RB British Brooks, North Carolina
RB Dontae Smith, Georgia Tech
WR Beaux Collins, Clemson
WR Jalon Calhoun, Duke
WR Konata Mumpfield, Pitt
TE Davis Allen, Clemson
OL Walker Parks, Clemson
OL Asim Richards, North Carolina
OL Jordan Williams, Georgia Tech
OL Robert Scott, Florida State
OL Renato Brown, Louisville
OL Gabe Houy, Pitt
DL Jasheen Davis, Wake Forest
DL R.J. Oben, Duke
DL Jared Harrison-Hunte, Miami
DL Ray Vohasek, North Carolina
LB Ryan Smenda Jr., Wake Forest
LB Noah Taylor, North Carolina
LB Cedric Gray, North Carolina
CB Shyheim Battle, NC State
CB Tony Grimes, North Carolina
CB Garrett Williams, Syracuse
S James Williams, Miami
S Erick Hallett, Pitt
S Kenderick Duncan, Louisville
S Cam'Ron Kelly, North Carolina
DB Tyler Baker-Williams, NC State
K Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
P Porter Wilson, Duke
KR Jawhar Jordan, Louisville
PR Josh Downs, North Carolina
(youtube; video; ACC Digital Network)
Virginia Tech's Brent Pry returns to his old stomping grounds where he was a graduate assistant from 1995-97 as its new head coach. He brings a defensive prowess that has earned him top 10 defensive units at 5 different institutions. Pry will look to install his magic defensive touch and a dash of offense and special teams to bring the Hokies back to the forefront of the ACC. ACCDN host Wes Bryant and Pry talk about what it will take to get Tech back on top right here!
How Good is Jordan Travis? | FSU Football 2022 | ACC QB Ranks | The Jeff Cameron Show | Warchant TV (youtube.com; video; Cameron)
The Jeff Cameron Show debates a simple question: How good is Jordan Travis compared and where does he rank in among ACC QB's? Warchant TV
Where College Football is Now and Where it Goes in the Future: MAC and Mountain-West (gobblercountry.com; Fahvaag)
The Big Pause was Caused by Good StuffAs NCAA Tournament baseball post season gets started and happens rather quickly. The NCAA College Tournament and World Series will start up on Friday with Tech hosting a regional and maybe a super-regional. We’ll keep reporting on that with the potential Super Regional match-up against the Florida Gators for the baseball team there might be a bit of a revenge angle next weekend. It’s a special event and we’ll work to keep you informed on the games as close to completion as possible. It’s certainly an exciting time in Jamerson Hall, and the post semester weekend events are most certainly welcomed by the local merchants and restauranteurs.
Getting Back to College Football MusingsSoftball and Baseball tournament excitement does make digging into the details of the FBS a bit boring. No worries, because the series continues, and the news and rumors are getting interesting on that front. We promised to finish the marathon and we certainly will.
In the course of looking at the churn and changes, though there is the discovery that several of the conferences in the blender that we know as the Group of 5 just aren’t breaking up. Like that stubborn ice-cube or two in the smoothie they are just not cooperating, for largely the same reasons, with the big changes going on at both levels of the FBS.
The Mid-America Conference and Mountain-West just don’t seem to be making very many moves over the next few seasons; if at all for potentially a decade. The reason for the “boring” nature of those conference makeups looks like it is largely because they have gone through their own churns and changes over the past two decades and have pretty much settled on their current geographic, competition level, and program size limits. The result has been two very stable and “average” leagues with little impulse for either to throw in with the others.
Mid-America Conference – Old, Stable, Predictable but Divisions UnbalancedLook, folks, the MAC is seriously old. It was founded in 1946 but its history is far from stable. It’s expanded to as far south as Florida and east as Temple. The came crashing back to its current footprint as the edge programs filtered off to other leagues. The core twelve teams left have been in the conference for at least 24 years (Buffalo joined in 1998). This is an old world, blue collar mid-sized university, middle American league. There just doesn’t seem to be the impulse to change it all that much. The MAC seems to be happy with what it settled with over the years and there aren’t too many rumors of any comings and goings.
If you look at the stats and the 2021 W/L records for In-conference and non-conference performance the reality just jumps out and bites you hard (well maybe just drapes over you like a wet blanket). The MAC-East, is weak in both conference and non-conference play, and the MAC-West wins overall but most of the teams are par within the league. The fact that the MAC-West put all 6 of its teams into a bowl bid position and the MAC-East qualified only 2 programs is a telling stat. The next wild mark in the ledger is even more of a head scratcher. Even though the West teams had more teams qualify they did so at mostly .500 seasons, and the division anchor Western Michigan actually had the best overall record in the West at 8-5.
The Mid-American Conference for 2022 and Beyond
|Akron Zips||C||The East Division anchor-Zips are new to FBS and still learning.|
|Bowling Green Falcons||C||The home of the Urban Meyer invented Read-Option Offense was in the middle of a weak division|
|Buffalo Bulls||C||Another newish FBS program only one game better than the Zips|
|Kent State Golden Flashes||B-||Won the division in 2021 with a 7-7 (6-2) record that included the conference championship game|
|Miami (OH) RedHawks||B||Came in 2nd for the division with a 7-6 (5-3) record one of the 4 higher ranked progams in either division|
|Ohio Bobcats||C||A sub-par season where 4 teams in the division had well below .500 records|
|Ball State Cardinals||C+||This is an old line school but really an FCS program operating in the FBS for the money|
|Central Michigan Chippewas||B+||Central Michigan is finding traction and is one of the four best teams in the conference|
|Eastern Michigan Eagles||C+||Lots of Michigan going on in this Rusty world. Eastern is still learning FBS level play.|
|Northern Illinois Huskies||B+||One of the four best teams in the league, if the B1G expands by pulling teams up they'd be in consideration|
|Toledo Rockets||B||Toledo is an old time presence in the conference with 11 conference titles since 1952 - struggled a bit in 2021|
|Western Michigan Broncos||B||They have some promise but serious competition for recruting it still was a slightly above par year|
This is a prime example of near perfect parity; not much ceiling and not much floor. Whether or not that reality is good or bad, it certainly ranks high on the “Boring” scale. Everyone can beat up on four teams in the East, but no one can really pull themselves out of the pile in conference play among peers, either.
The result is conference inertia. No one program has enough momentum to really and truly dominate in revenues, recruiting attractiveness, or coaching longevity.
The outside impression of the MAC ends up being the Rust Belt Junior league with above average programs vying for their conference championship and some nice juicy bowl money. Unfortunately, the only way a MAC team will really ever get the opportunity to challenge for a playoff spot and national championship if either there is a real 16-team playoff based on conference championships or a real Super Divisional Split in FBS where Division 1 and Division 2 have their own playoffs and championships.
This does not mean that the MAC isn’t exciting football. Watching those teams on TV in the mundane hours of a Thursday, Friday or Saturday is infinitely better than watching some thing else. It’s fun middle America blue collar football, but it isn’t current championship level competition or league construction. There doesn’t seem to be the conference desire to change that, either. So, sit back and enjoy it’s fun to watch.
Reputed to be the PAC-12 Junior League but Actually Really GoodThe other side of the spectrum of movement is league survival. We’ll have to see if C-USA can pull that off, but the first big G5 example of survival mode is the Mountain West. In the period between 1998 and the present, the Western Athletic Conference became the Mountain West, it shed programs like BYU, Utah, and TCU bolted for other conferences, as the MWC solidified, it picked up other schools, and with the University of Hawaii (now UofH at Manoa). That makes it an absolutely huge territory which makes travel interesting. The high-density coastal areas contain the schools not pulled into the PAC-12 like San Diego State, San Jose State. Sort of those two the PAC-12 constitutes a slash right through the middle of the territory.
Just like MAC programs are aligned and levelized with some sort of parity – and long-term membership in the conference even with its new name its core is still the WAC. The reality is that the current membership of the PAC 12 Jr, is about as boring organizationally has it’s G5 relative the B1G Jr.
The final reality of the Mountain-West is that they managed 8 of 12 teams getting bowl bids, and of that number six actually won their bowls. Prestige wise that’s really excellent, and the money isn’t so bad, either.
Virginia athletic director Carla Williams discusses future ACC scheduling (247sports.com; Backus)
Since the NCAA voted to get rid of division requirements in order to hold conference title games in football, future scheduling has been a hot topic among various Power Five conferences. The ACC was one of the first to seriously discuss the elimination of divisions at its league meetings earlier in May. Virginia athletic director Carla Williams maintains that the conference is not rushing into any decision.
“I'm not a fan of changing just to change,” Williams said at a press conference Thursday. “Really if it's necessary, we need to change. I think that we all agree that we have opportunities to elevate ACC football, and the scheduling is one day to do that. That's why we've gone through this process to see what might be best for the ACC. I'm excited about the possibilities.”
One pro for eliminating divisions is the fact that it allows for teams to have more rotating opponents on their schedule, as opposed to the same five or six each year. Williams said that the ACC is prioritizing those types of opportunities for its member schools.
“Lots of different models,” Williams said. “I think it's always beneficial when universities within a conference play each other more. So there are several models that allow for that. I think that's healthy for the players. I think it's healthy for the players, universities, fan base to be able to play more. I think that's a priority. Then being able to enhance our post-season opportunities as a league in football, we're taking a hard look at that, too.”
Williams also broke down other top priorities, including the preservation of relevant rivalries and proximity of schools. She also gave a peak behind the curtains at how scheduling conversations have gone thus far.
“So natural rivalries is really important," Williams said. "Geography is important. There are several factors. Everyone has an opinion (smiling). We have an opinion. We have a definite opinion, just like the rest of our colleagues in the conference. It's a conversation, which is why being collegial is important. But it's a conversation. It's back and forth. I think it's been really healthy. We've involved the coaches, the head coaches have been involved in the conversation.
Rendering of Football Operations Center courtesy UVA Athletics
Virginia breaks ground on new, $80 million football home (jerryratcliffe.com; Ratcliffe)
Dead last. That’s how former Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall described the state of the Cavaliers’ support football facilities to both athletics director Carla Williams and the school’s board of visitors last August.
Dead last in the ACC, meaning UVA lagged behind Duke, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Georgia Tech and all the rest of the conference when it came to providing a home for its football team. The McCue Center was ancient as compared to today’s facilities around the league.
Williams knew that her second day on the job when she took a tour of facilities and “saw the need.” Her office, by the way, sits atop of the football offices, locker room, weight room, meeting rooms and sports medicine. She didn’t require a second look around to realize how bad things were.
It wasn’t exactly a secret. Al Groh told the athletic administration about it after the ACC expanded and brought in schools that had traditional winning football programs and better facilities. His warning was ignored, something the administration admitted was a mistake years later.
Groh’s successor, Mike London, harped over the same issues but at least managed to get the George Welsh Indoor Football Facility during his six years, thanks in part to former Wahoo player Chris Long. One of the first statements out of Bronco’s mouth when he took the job was how badly UVA needed a new facility to house the football program. He even donated $500,000 to the cause and is still updated on the progress by Williams because he cares.
Thursday was a HUGE day for Virginia football in that Williams, new coach Tony Elliott and other representatives from the university put shovels in the dirt at the site of the new building in a major facilities groundbreaking. The building, which will be constructed in between McCue and the Welsh Indoor (see attached renderings), is essentially paid for.
That’s $80 million for the 90,000 square-foot facility, which won’t be ready for the football program until the spring of 2025. The Olympic sports building, which will be nestled in between McCue and the new football complex (naming rights are still available for both buildings), will come after and still requires more fundraising.
“So with the completion of this facility, having made the enhancements we’ve already made from a personnel standpoint, which was huge, we’re in a much, much better place,” Williams said Thursday prior to the groundbreaking ceremony. “I think one of the great things about UVA, and one of the things that quite frankly attracted me to UVA, is that every sport has the university to sell in recruiting. You can never underestimate the value of a UVA degree, education. All of our coaches use that [in recruiting]. I use that.
“So the facilities will enhance that. The personal additions will enhance that. We’re on our way. We’ve got a lot to do because no one’s standing still.”
When the new football operations center is completed, there’s no way to really judge where Virginia will rank against its fellow 13 programs in the ACC.
As Williams succinctly put it: “It is not flashy, but it’s exactly what we need.”
https://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article262094302.html (AP; Golen)
Boston College has hired its third athletic director since 2017, and this one is promising to stick around for a while.
Former Miami AD Blake James is taking over in Chestnut Hill after predecessors Martin Jarmond and Pat Kraft used the school as a stepping stone to higher-profile programs. James said on Thursday after he was introduced by BC’s president, the Rev. William Leahy, that his family plans “to spend many years in the Heights, immersing ourselves in the community.”
“I’m sure all the guys that were here before said the same thing: They’re going to stay here, they’re going to be here," said James, who was at Miami nine years before he was forced out in November.
“There were plenty of opportunities, if I would want to leave, to take advantage of those," he said. “As I said to Father Leahy: I plan on being here for retirement.”
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The football team hasn't won more than seven games since 2009, the same year the basketball team last made the NCAA Tournament. Since joining the ACC, the Eagles are on their fifth football coach and their fourth in basketball.
The continuity hasn't been much better in the AD's office, which is on its fourth leader since Gene DeFilippo retired in 2012, ending a 15-year tenure.
Former Michigan football walk-on Brad Bates, who had been the AD at Miami of Ohio, lasted for less than five years — including one in which neither the football nor the basketball team won an ACC game.
Jarmond replaced him and stuck around for three years, hiring football coach Jeff Hafley but leaving for UCLA before Hafley coached a game. Kraft came to Chestnut Hill from Temple and promised that the Eagles would compete for ACC championships in the revenue sports (they did not); he defected for Penn State after less than two years.
James spent 17 years at Miami — the last eight as AD — before he was ousted in November, two days after the Hurricanes blew a late, eight-point lead in football to a 3-6 Florida State team. Miami's football team hasn’t won an ACC title since joining the conference in 2004, winning its fifth and last national championship in 2001.
“I know this can be a wild and rocky ride,” said James, who returns to New England after previous stops at Maine and Providence.
BC has never won an NCAA championship in football or basketball, and the Eagles have fought for attention in a town where the professional sports teams have won 12 titles since 2001. But BC has 31 varsity sports and about 700 athletes, compared to 400 in 17 sports at Miami.
James also served as a chair of the NCAA Division I Council, on the NCAA Board of Directors and Board of Governors, the NCAA Football Oversight Committee, the ACC Name, Image and Likeness Committee, its Football Committee, and was chair of the conference’s athletics directors.
“He understands the issues facing college sports today,” Leahy said, “as well as appreciates the challenges and opportunities of the athletics at Boston College.”
James said NIL is one of the issues that he expects to wrestle with during his tenure at BC.
Best ACC vs Notre Dame football games, 2014-19 (RX; HM)
Best ACC vs Notre Dame football games, 2014-19From Forbes.com, here's a look at some of the most notable Notre Dame vs ACC football games since the 5-game scheduling agreement began:
2014 vs. SyracuseThis meeting in the Meadowlands was the first against the ACC since the scheduling agreement was struck. The 76,802 on hand witnessed Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson set a school record with 25 straight completions in a 31-15 win... [shattering the previous] mark of 14 consecutive completions...
2014 at Florida StateThe Fighting Irish were 6-0 heading into a mid-October clash in Tallahassee... Midway through the [4th] quarter FSU’s Karlos Williams found the end zone from a yard out and Notre Dame found itself trailing for the first time, 31-27. That is how it finished... Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles would remain unbeaten before losing to Oregon in a CFP semifinal.
2015 at Clemson...on the first Saturday in October. Trailing 21-3 after three quarters, the Irish roared back to come within 24-22 on DeShone Kizer’s one-yard touchdown pass to Torii Hunter Jr. with seven seconds remaining. Kizer attempted to run it in for a two-point conversion, but was foiled by Clemson tackle Carlos Watkins... the only [loss] for the Irish in their first 11 games... The Tigers lost to Alabama in the national championship game.
2017 at Boston College...Brandon Wimbush ran for 207 yards and four touchdowns, both school records for a quarterback... The offense piled up 611 yards with 515 coming on the ground... The Irish set a single-game school mark by averaging 10.1 yards per tote.
Rendering depicts Salina 1st, a 52,000-square-foot mixed-use facility to be built at 1081 S. Salina St. in Syracuse. The project will contain residential, retail, light industrial and office space. (Courtesy of Norman Smith Architecture)
Forgotten Syracuse neighborhood is suddenly a hotbed of construction activity (PS; $; Moriarty)
A Southside neighborhood that has not seen any significant economic investment in decades is suddenly buzzing with bulldozers and construction workers.
JMA Wireless opened its new $50 million headquarters and 5G components factory on the former site of Coyne Textile on Tallman Street in February. It is expected to bring 200 jobs to the site.
Construction recently began nearby on Syracuse Community Health Center’s new $22.5 million home on South Salina Street.
And just a block away, construction kicked off Thursday on Salina 1st, a $10 million development that will transform a vacant, polluted property into a 52,000-square-foot facility containing residential, retail, light industrial and office space.
The project is headed by two African American developers, Emanuel Henderson, of JHP Industrial Supply Co, and Eli Smith, of E. Smith Contractors, along with Gail Montplaisir, a real estate development professional from Washington, D.C.
The development team held a groundbreaking ceremony at the project site at 1081 S. Salina St. Thursday morning. It was the second groundbreaking for the project. The first was held in the spring of 2019, with construction set to kick off in the fall of that year. But the coronavirus pandemic put a hold on the project.
This time, bulldozers were on-hand to actually start construction.
“We’ve been here before, but we haven’t been here with bulldozers before,” said Henderson.