Wendell Pierce’s latest groundbreaking role came with shovels and dirt. The actor who played Bunk Moreland on The Wire was among the dignitaries who turned out to mark the start of construction on an apartment complex in Station North on Tuesday. His involvement goes beyond tossing some dirt with the golden shovel.
The Nelson Kohl apartment building is set to be located just north of Penn Station on an E. Lanvale St. property. According to ABC2, the 103-unit complex will offer housing for artists. The eight-story building is set to be finished by the fall of 2017. Renderings from LSC Design show a colorful building “playing off the color, pattern and improvisation” of the neighborhood. The ground floor will have a cafe, wellness studio and gallery.
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Pierce told CNN earlier this year that he is an investor in the $25 million project. Pierce is also working on a developer apprentice program with Nelson Kohl owner Ernst Valery. He believes economic development is the social justice movement of the 21st century, telling CNN that “part of the solution is bringing economic developers, training the labor pool, and making sure that it’s aspirational and that they can eventually become developers themselves.”
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