‘I want to encourage’: Black real estate developer breaks ground on SE Raleigh entrepreneurial hub

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A new gateway for Black business ownership is going up in Raleigh. City leaders and local investors broke ground Thursday Montague Plaza, an entrepreneurial hub and shopping center in the heart of southeast Raleigh. The plaza aiming to help ensure Raleigh’s current growth spurt is an equitable one.

“Raleigh is growing so fast. This is not the same Raleigh that we had five years ago or last year for that matter. So there’s no time to play, no time to waste,” James Montague told ABC 11 before the groundbreaking ceremony kicked off on the 2700 block of Rock Quarry Road.

Montague is a veteran Black real estate developer who grew up poor in Raleigh public housing. Now, he has the ear of the city’s mayor and broke ground on this $4-million entrepreneurial hub emblazoned with his name; just two minutes away from his family’s old project apartment.

“What I would say I would do when I became an adult was to be the guy that I needed when I…

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