Lorenzo’s Cafe Espresso Celebrates Grand Opening

Lorenzo’s Cafe Espresso celebrated their grand opening on Saturday, January 30th at 4741 Princeton Ave. Owner Lisa Lorenzo reflects on her journey to open the restaurant with her husband Mike Lorenzo the following video. Click on this link to learn more about the owners, community, and great response and welcome into the Tacony neighborhood.

Check out their breakfast menu.

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Mark Your Calendar for the Grand Opening of Puddin’s Cake Corner on Saturday, February 6th 2016

You won’t want to miss the grand opening of Puddin’s Cake Corner, as Tacony once again welcomes a great bakery to our neighborhood. Our neighborhood has been without a quality bakery for a number of years, and we are excited to welcome baker Becky Rogers and her bakery to our neighborhood.

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Puddin’s Cake Corner specializes in custom cakes and desserts, but will also have a convenient coffee bar for customers. Make sure to stop by Saturday from 11AM-6PM to try some samples of her signature desserts.

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Tacony CDC Revitalization Efforts featured on WHYY Newsworks Tonight

Tacony CDC director Alex Balloon recently sat down with Dave Heller of WHYY to discuss the progress of the Tacony CDC and look back at the organization’s neighborhood revitalization efforts as well as small business and some key Nutter Administration programs that helped push Tacony’s revitalization momentum forward.

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The City of Philadelphia Storefront Improvement Program was a valuable tool to drive new investment to the city’s outlying commercial corridors, resulting in declining vacancy, new investment, and new local tax revenue.

He also suggested some new opportunities for neighborhood commercial corridor revitalization for the city’s next mayor Jim Kenney, and ways to take low-cost, high-impact programs even further.

Listen to Alex’s interview here. (click the play button near the top of the page to listen)

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Before & After: Phase Two Torresdale Ave Storefront Project

Our first storefront project of the second phase of the Torresdale Ave Storefront Improvement Project is nearing completion at Guy Caputo Barbershop located at 7211 Torresdale Ave. We hope you think it looks as sharp and clean shaven as we do!

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Before Work (left) After (right)

 

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Join our Merchant Group for a Free Seminar on Using Social Media to Grow Your Business Jan 6th at the Tacony Library

The Tacony CDC is proud to present in conjunction with the Free Library of Philadelphia a free program with our Merchant Group that will help business owners harness the power of social media with free tools, simple steps, and action items to grow your business. This event will take place at the Free Library of Philadelphia Tacony Branch located at 6742 Torresdale Ave on Wednesday January 6th at 5:30PM.

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The Free Library will share digital tools available through the Library to business owners. Following that brief presentation, Tacony CDC Board Member (and business owner) Scott DeGiralomo will present a basic overview of how social media can help business owners drive new customers and sales through their door.

This is a free event open to all, and light refreshments will be served. Please reserve your space by calling the Tacony CDC at 215-501-7799 or email manager Alex Balloon at alex@taconycdc.org. Space is limited.

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Tacony Resident Artist Initiative: An artist-driven civic improvement residency, housed in a storefront library on the Torresdale Avenue Commercial Corridor

Call for Artists: Mural Arts Program Artist Residency

Deadline January 15: The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program invites visual artists working in any medium to apply for the Tacony Resident Artist Initiative, a residency running March 1 through October 30, 2016. This residency, housed in a storefront library on the Torresdale Avenue Commercial Corridor in Northeast Philadelphia, is a unique opportunity to combine personal practice, community engagement, and the creation of civically-focused public art. The Tacony Resident Artist Initiative is open to visual artists based in the Philadelphia area with experience in public art and/or community engagement. Artists need not have experience in mural-making to be considered.
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The two artists selected for the residency will share a studio space in a renovated storefront in the heart of Tacony’s Torresdale Avenue Commercial Corridor. The storefront will also serve as a temporary space for the Tacony Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, which will be closed for renovations until 2018. Each artist will receive free studio space, a monthly stipend of $2,000, and will have access to funding that is set aside for civic improvement-focused public art projects along the commercial corridor.

 

In exchange, each artist will be expected to be an engaged and engaging presence in the studio, the library, the corridor and the wider community. In addition to activating the studio with their personal practice, each artist will design and execute one or two projects on the Torresdale Avenue Commercial Corridor and engage the community in the development and creation of these projects through workshops and events. Artists will also take part in open houses, community meetings, and similar events that will create connections with the community. Artists will be expected to maintain an on-site presence of approximately 20 hours a week.

Click here for more information or visit muralarts.org/about/jobsartist-opportunities-0.

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Last Minute Holiday Guide: Tacony

The Holidays are right around the corner, but there are still some great opportunities to help you out at the last minute here in Tacony! Make sure you check out our shopping guide for gift ideas, ways to look your best, and catering and food options as the holidays approach! Visit shoptacony.com for a complete guide. And be sure to visit Greeby Street to check out the amazing holiday display!

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Tacony Community Development Corporation Selected as Demonstration Site for New Resources for Community Revitalization

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The National Main Street Center, Inc., has announced that seven U.S. cities have been selected as demonstration sites to implement its refreshed approach to comprehensive community revitalization and preservation-based economic development: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Milledgeville, Georgia; Biloxi, Mississippi; Detroit, Michigan; Gary, Indiana; Lexington, Kentucky; and Miami, Florida. The program is supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Tacony neighborhood will be the demonstration site selected in Philadelphia. “We are so excited to participate in the future of Main Street and our neighborhood commercial district,” said Alex Balloon Director of the Tacony Community Development Corporation. “This is a great opportunity to continue our revitalization efforts and bring new tools and techniques to our organization.”

“We are grateful to Knight Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation for their generous support as we roll out a strengthened approach to commercial district revitalization,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Our updated methodology incorporates lessons we’ve learned in our decades of working with communities of all sizes and we are confident these pilot projects will demonstrate that our approach continues to be highly effective in breathing new life in our country’s historic downtowns and commercial districts.”

Each community, chosen after a competitive selection process, will benefit from recent strategic improvements to the National Main Street Center’s revitalization methodology that for 35 years has helped transform historic downtowns and urban neighborhoods nationwide. Local leaders will receive 12 to 18 months of free organizational capacity building and hands-on technical assistance from national experts on how best to involve the community in revitalization efforts, plan and executive long-term strategic action, and effectively measure the impact of those efforts.

“Providing people with spaces to connect and participate in neighborhood life is essential to creating the type of cities where people want to live and work,” said Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation vice president for community and national initiatives. “The initiative will do just that by working with cities to create more vibrant downtown hubs and engaging residents as change agents in this transformation.”

Originally launched as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center pioneered an incremental, volunteer-driven strategy to help flagging downtowns counteract booming suburban growth. This novel approach was in stark contrast to the urban renewal projects that were destroying commercial districts and neighborhoods all over the country. By tapping two important community resources, citizen participation and its older and historic buildings, the Main Street Approach has helped reinvigorate America’s historic downtowns and commercial districts in cities and towns across the country.

More information on pilot program can be found here.

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Tacony Community Development Corporation Closes Out Incredible Year with #GivingTuesday Membership Drive

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Thank you to all of our volunteers and project partners.

It’s been an incredible year at the Tacony Community Development Corporation. Here are just a few of the year’s highlights as we look back on the dedication of our volunteers, partners, and friends to say “thanks”:

In order to continue our success and momentum we need your help. More than 150 individuals and businesses have joined our organization as members. We need to grow our base of members to continue this forward progress at this crucial time.

Become a member here: Membership Donation Page

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Available Commercial Real Estate along Torresdale Ave in Tacony

There are some great available commercial properties along Torresdale Ave here in Tacony. If you’re looking for commercial space, below are the available listings with photographs.

For Rent:

6804 Torresdale Ave

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Call: 215-268-6475

6903 Torresdale Ave

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Call: 215-828-9964

For Sale:

6928 Torresdale Ave

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 Listed for sale by Henry Huang 917-669-8701

6602 Torresdale Ave

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Listed for sale here: 6602 Torresdale Ave

6616 Torresdale Ave

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Listed for sale here: 6616 Torresdale Ave

6811 Torresdale Ave

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Listed for sale here: 6811 Torresdale Ave

7013 Torresdale Ave

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Listed for sale here: 7013 Torresdale Ave

7136 Torresdale Ave

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Listed for sale here: 7136 Torresdale Ave

7215 Torresdale Ave

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Listed for sale here: 7215 Torresdale Ave

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