On the surface, Market Creek Plaza might look like a commercial development project, but it's much more. Beginning as a partnership between community residents and a family foundation to redevelop an old factory site, Market Creek Plaza has evolved, through the creativity of hundreds of community stakeholders, into a skill-and asset-building opportunity of such scale and focus that working and learning together has become its signature.
Developed through a network of eight working neighborhood teams, Market Creek Plaza has become about building community building skills, building assets, and building ownership while residents rebuild their neighborhoods.
After 800 neighborhood surveys were conducted in four languages and hundreds of community meetings were held, a vision became clear: residents wanted a vibrant commercial and cultural hub for their community. As momentum built, more and more people came together to help create the hub, starting with the redevelopment of part of the 20-acre factory site. The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI), an operating foundation supported by the Jacobs Family Foundation, served as the developer.