DeKalb celebrates Black Wall Street ‘rebirth,’ optimistic about new market

Cecilia Nysing

“We’re not celebrating the death. We’re celebrating the rebirth,” Stonecrest Councilman Rob Turner said.

Aisha Brown looks at a photo of members of the original Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the soft opening of the New Black Wall Street in Stonecrest, Georgia, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Rebecca Wright for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Rebecca Wright

Credit: Rebecca Wright

Philanthropist and businessman Lecester “Bill” Allen, the owner and developer of the New Black Wall Street Market, said he envisions the property becoming a thriving marketplace comparable to Ponce City Market or Krog Street Market. However, instead of locating his development in Atlanta, he chose Stonecrest, which is about 93% African American, to become the market’s home.

“We just think in a predominantly African American community, the predominance needs to reflect not just the people who live there but the business ownership as well,” Allen said.

ExploreNew Black Wall Street Market in DeKalb County aims to boost Black, minority businesses

The space, which is still undergoing construction and painting, is designed to feel like Bourbon Street in New Orleans. It’ll have roughly 120 spaces available for rent, and spots are already carved out for a grocery store, jazz club, food court and art gallery.

The endeavor is an extension of the Allen Entrepreneurial Institute, a business incubator that provides education and support for minorities. Matt Hampton, Allen’s spokesman, said roughly 300 people have shown interest in participating in the market, whether that be leasing space, becoming a vendor or selling products online.

“Not everybody necessarily needs a space,” Hampton said. “Some of them may be a part of the market, and they may be a vendor in our grocery story or they may be an artist that displays art in our gallery.”

Inside the New Black Wall Street Market at the soft opening of the initiative for minority-owned businesses in Stonecrest, Georgia, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Rebecca Wright for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Inside the New Black Wall Street Market at the soft opening of the initiative for minority-owned businesses in Stonecrest, Georgia, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Rebecca Wright for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Rebecca Wright

Credit: Rebecca Wright

Hampton said they haven’t begun leasing space in the building yet, but they expect to have it at 80% capacity by September’s grand opening. A date for the launch hasn’t been finalized, but he said they’re targeting Labor Day weekend.

“(This market) means economic empowerment for our community, more resources and new shops that were lacking in our community,” said Toni Favors, founder of the hot sauce company Toni’s Spicy Mama, a vendor at Saturday’s event. “It’ll help bring business back to Stonecrest.”

DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson said the project has the potential to kick off a trend of Black-owned business hubs, preserving the legacy of the 1921 massacre victims.

“You all are now on solemn ground,” he told Saturday’s crowd. “It’s been 100 years, and we should have been having ‘Black Wall Streets’ a long, long time ago, but this is our time.”

People check out booths at the soft opening of the New Black Wall Street Market in Stonecrest, Georgia, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Rebecca Wright for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

People check out booths at the soft opening of the New Black Wall Street Market in Stonecrest, Georgia, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Rebecca Wright for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Rebecca Wright

Credit: Rebecca Wright

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Here is how the American Rescue Act Plan allocations changed for the 23 Georgia cities classified as "metropolitan" by the federal government. The list includes a few city-county unified governments.

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Final allocations are from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Early estimates are from the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee.

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Obviously these large discrepancies will require these local leaders to reconsider where funds may be used and this will be difficult to explain to citizens and business owners who were aware of the published estimates.”"},{"_id":"EQXUF5UY5REWPK5UP42KP24LMQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622065429016},"type":"text","content":"Hanson said Wednesday that the GMA is still working to determine the specific formula that led to the changes."},{"_id":"T4QRAP4V3VESTEI7LDDO3ZCETI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622061038038},"type":"text","content":"“Without having the methodology or formula used to calculate the amounts, it’s difficult to have an informed discussion and therefore impossible to determine if the funding amounts are appropriate,” he said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We are hopeful we will receive the requested information from Treasury and that will allow us the opportunity for further analysis and discussion.”"},{"level":3,"_id":"33URBCATWRBDBOTBVJJUYO244I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622065429018},"type":"header","content":"Wealth, poverty, income and population"},{"_id":"JITMVV2U7RDYHIN76IRZUKFFWU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622062379557},"type":"text","content":"Harris believes the drastic change in funding for Alpharetta and others comes down to a change in how they are classified by the Treasury."},{"_id":"5CQD3WHIENCT5KY2H556UD3SK4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622062379558},"type":"text","content":"In the original March 8 estimations, Alpharetta and other large cities were grouped with smaller Georgia cities, who compete with one another for funding, with calculations based on population."},{"_id":"TAD5AMRL2VB5JPBWIQUKGDFRJQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622062379559},"type":"text","content":"Harris said the U.S. Department of Treasury now considers Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Johns Creek and others to be “metropolitan cities,” a category with funding calculations based on community needs such as poverty."},{"_id":"Z2HQKQ4EKVEQXJBGFCHSMM5ISE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622069876094},"type":"text","content":"In general, cities with more than 50,000 residents are considered metropolitan by the Treasury’s standards. Some cities receive this classification because they directly or indirectly receive U.S. Housing and Urban Development funding, Harris said."},{"_id":"E3JHD7I5Z5AX7IVQTNFQTBMAIQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622062379561},"type":"text","content":"In total, metropolitan cities are allotted $45.6 billion in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. These funds are split between 142 U.S. cities."},{"_id":"Z4EQLWH7CZFQLEM656ODCF76IY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622062379562},"type":"text","content":"With the former classification, Alpharetta only had to compete for funding with small Georgia cities. 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His attorney, Dwight Thomas, told the AJC in an email, “The mayor did not do anything improper but took executive steps to protect the integrity of the funds at issue.” The attorney would not answer any further questions."},{"_id":"MFSMLII2KFCXJOQBRW3FGLJFDI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621974132028},"type":"text","content":"Jackson, who was recently hired as Stonecrest’s acting city manager, said the city’s charter gives the mayor authority to write checks from any city account. 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The results were released about a month after the city attorney released his initial findings on the city’s CARES Act program."},{"_id":"7IMCVFIDCNDQ5IQXCXRIVJMJDQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621979140265},"type":"text","content":"Only two of the 10 people who held purchasing cards, also known as p-cards, were authorized to have them. Everyone except for Lary returned their card to the city."},{"_id":"YCYCVNKJXVCSDBWHPKDCYIGKIY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621974132051},"type":"text","content":"On Monday, the council revoked p-card privileges for all elected officials, including Lary. Now, the city manager, chief financial officer and accounting manager are the only city employees allowed to have them. Jackson said no one, including herself, currently has an active p-card."},{"_id":"5SRLAEFV4FCSLPFANE6WCJVU6Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621974132052},"type":"text","content":"According to the audit, Lary spent about $32,500 across 201 transactions on his purchasing card. Of those purchases, 69% did not have a receipt, 74% did not have a clearly stated purpose and all of them lacked city manager approval."},{"_id":"I2ENFPQHW5A25LTIDWMPWS5Y34","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"GDNKQPDBYRAAHFV3VH3I6ICFNQ"},"type":"interstitial_link","content":"Audit finds widespread purchase card misuse with no oversight in Stonecrest","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/audit-finds-widespread-purchase-card-misuse-with-no-oversight-in-stonecrest/J4DKU2ONMZEZ3IJGISBUDM7R4I/"},{"_id":"4R4X72GAOFFWHJSXPGKGBWZ5Q4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621974132053},"type":"text","content":"Stonecrest will implement new training for p-card holders that clearly states abuse of the cards could lead to termination or criminal charges. The city council also voted to send the findings of the p-card audit to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for further investigation. Purchasing card abuse is a felony in Georgia, which carries up to three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine."},{"_id":"F7CQ6MQNYZCU3MVT2XRY2UCXME","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621960431910},"type":"text","content":"“I don’t think that you get a pass for ‘not understanding the rules’ for using the card,” Councilwoman Jazzmin Cobble said during the meeting. “... Any adult person who accepts a purchasing card accepts the rules and regulations around it.”"},{"_id":"FBXBONKUXVCX3NORIIDNZ5YN2Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621974132055},"type":"text","content":"City Attorney Winston Denmark, who recommended the p-card policy changes and conducted the CARES Act investigation, said “there’s a lot of holes to plug” in Stonecrest regarding financial oversight. In addition to the two-person verification on large checks, he said the council should consider applying a similar protocol for cash withdrawals."},{"_id":"4R4X72GAOFFWHJSXPGKGBWZ5Q4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621974132056},"type":"text","content":"“This doesn’t cure everything, but it helps to make it a whole lot better than it used to be,” Mayor Pro Tem George Turner said during the meeting."},{"_id":"FLORTBHLDVD6HHAQIKFVTDCOHE","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"JL4Z6MHOM5ARNB726FXYJIWXWI"},"type":"divider"},{"_id":"UYJ6LEL6EVEP5FG5PAX6QALS6U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621974132087},"type":"text","content":"OUR REPORTING"},{"_id":"M45R5IV2WNCY7MPPQXSJHKCVJM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621974132088},"type":"text","content":"In early 2021, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution documented the dysfunction between Stonecrest city leaders, including action by the state Legislature that changed the city’s charter and power structure. When city council members raised finance questions about pandemic relief funds and city-issued purchasing cards, the AJC took notice and began filing open records requests."},{"_id":"BFWBFX7IYJBM5GRCBSQX7HGM6E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621974132089},"type":"text","content":"The AJC worked to obtain documentation, conducted interviews with people involved and tracked how those monies were spent. 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