The Tacony Community Development is excited to announce a second round of storefront improvements on Torresdale Ave in Tacony. This program builds on the success of our first round of storefront improvements. The guidelines for the program are described below.
We will be holding a public meeting for those interested to participate on Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 5PM at the Tacony Library at 6742 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19135. Please call 215-501-7799 or email email@example.com to contact Alex Balloon in order to confirm your attendance. The meeting will last approximately 45 minutes and answer questions you may have. In addition the meeting will outline guidelines for participation.
The Storefront Program Provides:
- Design Assistance and Consultation
- Funding for Eligible Improvements
- Paperwork Assistance
- Bidding & Contracting Assistance
- Project Management Assistance
The purpose of the Tacony Storefront Improvement Program is to improve the storefronts located in the Tacony Shopping District, making these storefronts more attractive to customers and clients. The program pays for up to 85% of eligible improvements for a maximum total project cost of either $16,000 for a single property or $24,000 for a corner or double property.
The Tacony Storefront Improvement Program has a limited number of project slots for storefront improvements. In order to be eligible the applicant must be a commercial property with a tenant or signed tenant lease located on the 6300-7200 blocks of Torresdale Ave. Properties located off Torresdale Avenue will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must be operating legally, licensed and registered with the City of Philadelphia and be current with all city taxes. Applicants must submit paperwork to be approved before work begins. Projects submitted after construction begins will not be eligible for reimbursement.
The Tacony CDC uses a historic preservation-based approach; eligible Improvements Include and are not Limited to:
- Removal of Vinyl/Aluminum Siding
- Masonry Repair & Cleaning
- Exterior Door Replacement
- Exterior Lighting
- Signage & Awnings
- Transparent Security Grilles
Projects will be considered on a case by case basis, and awards are decided solely at the discretion of the Tacony CDC. The following criteria will be evaluated:
- Relationship of the Business to the Corridor Vision as a Vibrant Main Street
- Scope and Scale of Improvements and their Impact on the Corridor
- Business Size & Stability
- Physical Location & Position Within the Business District
Examples of Completed Projects:
We encourage potential applicants to see examples of successful projects at the following locations
- Wellens Hosiery 7201 Torresdale Ave
- Kavanagh’s Tobacco 6938 Torresdale Ave
- East Coast Dental Lab 6936 Torresdale Ave
- Bulls Eye Darts 6917 Torresdale Ave
- Computer Guy 6911 Torresdale Ave
Project Example: DeNofa’s Deli
Bidding & Contracting:
If the design is accepted, in order to improve construction quality and efficiency, the Tacony CDC will manage a bidding and contracting process to minimize construction and contracting risk. The CDC uses a Façade Agreement that outlines roles and responsibilities and payment procedures to be signed by the applicant, CDC representative, and contractor. A participant can choose to manage their own bidding and contracting process, but reimbursement grants will only be paid when work is 100% completed. Reimbursement will be issued as checks from the City of Philadelphia and the Tacony CDC.
Applicant Cost: 15%
City of Philadelphia: 50%
Tacony CDC: 35%
Disclaimers & Notes on Participation:
Ultimate review and decision-making rests solely with the Tacony Community Development Corporation. The program does not fund solid security grates, vinyl awnings, synthetic stucco, reduction of storefront openings, and covering of original building details. Bars are ineligible to participate
To participate in this program please contact Alex Balloon, manager of the Tacony CDC at 215-501-7799 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your potential participation. An application page is attached to these guidelines. Download the guidelines.
Deadline: Deadline to submit a completed application is July 30th, 2014.