Faith, Hope, Perseverance and Renewal
The Rhodes Family purchased the old Bohn Ford dealership at the corner of Broad and Washington in 2005 with plans for development. After Katrina, the plans and scope of the project changed. The focus is now on creating a space which can become a catalyst for renaissance and economic redevelopment in the neighborhood
The vision for the Business Center at 2700 South Broad Street, is as a commercial and community hub, providing space for commercial businesses, multi-community uses, social activities, a museum and more. The project is anticipated to create 75 new jobs in the area.
Bringing the community together and working with various organizations including the Broadmoor Improvement Association and The Hoffman Triangle Neighborhood Association, the Rhodes have begun the massive renovation.
The first step forward includes an inspiring mural that covers the Broad Street side of the building while construction is underway. For the mural, Theresa Herrera, a local artist, was commissioned to design and paint the work inspired by four themes. After numerous community meetings, Hope, Faith, Perseverance and Renewal was realized as four distinct stories. The murals were created in collaboration with a dozen Recovery School District students; and installed this summer with the assistance of Michelle Brierre Jeanpierre and Joan Lipscombe, coordinators on the project.
Artist Erich March of Baltimore, Maryland, created a mural on the Fourth Street side of the building entitled Katrina Sunset. His work, along with the sunflowers, and our theme Hope, Faith, Perseverance and Renewal complete the final phases of the enclosure.