By Thomasi McDonald

July 27, 2022

Durham leaders closed the door on Henry McKoy’s Hayti Reborn, a vision of an affordable housing, business, and educational complex on a 20-acre parcel of land in the shadow of downtown that would give marginalized residents more voice in how the community is developed.

That door closed in Durham, but then, the sky opened up for McKoy, the departing director of NC Central University’s entrepreneurial program.

This week, McKoy stepped aside from his leadership role with the revitalization program and his faculty position at NC Central to accept a presidential appointment from the White House as part of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure and climate team.