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Block by block w/ Tonya Harris

This week’s episode features a fun conversation with Tonya Harris. Tonya is a developer and contractor doing work in Baltimore and DC. She share’s her journey into real estate development and reminds us that it’s never too late to start a new path.

Building Spotlight: “The Arch Social Club is the oldest known continuously operating African American social club in the United States and the oldest predominately African American social club in Baltimore. The Arch Social Club move into the former Schantze’s Theatre in 1972. The Schantze’s Theatre was built in 1912 as a vaudeville and silent film theatre. [The building had many lives before the Arch Social Club moved in 1972,] including two stints as a theatre for African Americans, and at one point served as a theatre for Jewish immigrants, showing Yiddish films and hosting live entertainment.” – CHAP Report


Bio: Tonya Harris, founder of Parris Construction and Development, is a 20+ year veteran in real estate development. She is now focused on urban revitalization projects in underserved communities. With a model designed to create minimal displacement by focusing on vacant and underutilized properties – and fostering home and business ownership among the legacy community – PCD has planted its flag along a gateway corridor to West Baltimore, in the vibrant Hollins Market neighborhood, right outside downtown. Starting in Baltimore, where redlining began, PCD’s goal is to be a world class leader in the design, creation and delivery of restored urban communities. 

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