49er Vernon Davis Launches Urban Renewal Project

By Kia Croom

Vernon Davis

Even during the NFL off-season, 49er’s tight end Vernon Davis continues to make groundbreaking plays. Davis is CEO and co-founder of Modern Class Design (MCD), a new full-service fine arts and interior design company for homes and commercial spaces, including landscape architecture. MCD has selected Richmond’s Crescent Park Apartments as the site for its inaugural urban renewal project, which will launch at a press conference March 29 at the complex at 5000 Hartnett Ave. MCD is working in collaboration with the nonprofit Ecumenical Association for Housing (EAH) to renovate three rooms in the Crescent Park Resource Center, including its kitchen and lounge area, computer and education room and 1,200-square-foot recreation room. MCD will convert the existing recreation room into a full-scale outdoor recreational sporting space and will incorporate a mural with themes selected by Crescent Park community residents to promote community building and empowerment. Redevelopment efforts will begin in the next few months and are scheduled to be completed one-year from now. “By investing in this project, MCD is investing in the future of youth and adult residents of Crescent Park. With these new amenities at their fingertips they will prosper academically, athletically and in so many other ways,” said Lloyd Madden, President of Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC), which supports the project. Davis and Antone Barnes, co-founder and COO, established the company in 2011 to provide customers with high-quality, yet affordably priced interior designs. Both Davis and Barnes look forward to diversifying MCD’s offerings to include luxury vehicle and boat design, as well as interior design of commercial spaces and homes and urban renewal. For information about the Crescent Park Center Urban Renewal Project, contact Theodore Palmer of Creative Edge Public Relations at (646) 575-2967. For information about Modern Class Design (MCD) visit www.modernclassdesign.com. Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.
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