“As soon as it starts to get warm, maybe May to October, I have plans for an open marketplace for women,” Harris said. “On weekends, other women entrepreneurs will be invited to come, like Eastern Market.”
Avalon Village purchased seven properties from the Michigan Land Bank in September for $300 each, according to the land bank. It also bought another four from the land bank in April 2016. Another two were donated by the Wayne County Land Bank around November.
“The Ellen Show” with Ellen DeGeneres also gifted a home worth more than $100,000 in September 2016. The Ellen house was delivered in May and Harris expects it to be operating in three to four weeks. Most of the rest of the properties were purchased from the city of Highland Park.
A previous Kickstarter campaign raised approximately $244,000 in 2016 to start building the Avalon Village community in a largely blighted section of Highland Park, a nearly 3-square-mile enclave within north Detroit. Harris hosts gatherings out of the Moon Ministry community building on Avalon Street.