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Black real estate developer breaks ground on new housing project in his Southcrest neighborhood

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Developer DaSean Cunningham broke ground on his first housing project in the neighborhood he grew up in. Seven new homes of Newton Gardens are slated to go up.

SAN DIEGO — Real estate developer DaSean Cunningham is elated he is breaking ground on the Newton Gardens housing project in the Southcrest neighborhood he grew up in.

“Yeah we’re African-American men, but we are doing it. I can do real estate and do it well because I have seen someone who looks like me doing it,” said Cunningham of Paradigm Commercial Group.

Finding a builder came down to a chance meeting of Joseph Lewis with Cunningham’s mother.

“I met her at Home Depot as she asked me my opinion on some paint, and I gave her a card, and she said,…

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