The Renaissance Project LA

Economic Development

Economic opportunity revitalizes communities. The Renaissance Project spearheads initiatives like the designation of St. Claude Avenue as a ‘main street’ and the redevelopment of the former Thomas Semmes Elementary School. We plan to redevelop the Semmes School with a highly entrepreneurial mix of community spaces, businesses and services on one city block.


Semmes School Redevelopment

In addition to our administrative offices, the buildings will house a commercial kitchen and food distribution center; affordable housing units and retreat space with overnight accommodations; outdoor Zen healing gardens.

The commercial kitchen, refrigerator, freezer storage space with truck access through the adjacent yard will facilitate scaling of our food bank and fresh market programs to serve up to 8,000 clients per month.

Our supporters include: Leona Tate Foundation for Change, Tekrema Center for Arts and Culture, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Pyramid Resource Wellness Institute. Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development and Holy Cross Neighborhood Association.