As we approach the end of 2014 this is a great opportunity to look back at the incredible hard work and achievements of the Tacony Community Development Corporation over the past year. We could not have achieved this incredible amount of work without our volunteers, work study students, board of trustees, partners, and staff. 2014 marked some major milestones for our neighborhood listed below.
- Completed our first phase of Storefront Improvements completed in partnership with the Philadelphia Commerce Department.
- Coordinated with the Philadelphia Streets Department, PENNDot and the Major Artery Revitalization Committee on curb replacements and the second phase of the Torresdale Ave Project.
- Rolled out the second phase of the Storefront Program in Partnership with the Philadelphia Commerce Department; received 12 applications, designs are currently in process by UCI Architects.
- Partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia to support a planned $1 million renovation of the Tacony Branch, including a new small business development center.
- Submitted an application for the historic Blue Marker Program to recognize Tacony as a historic neighborhood.
- Celebrated the first birthday of the Hoagie Trail, an award-winning promotion linking some of our city’s best hoagie shops located right here in the Tacony neighborhood.
- Completed merchant spotlight interviews to “meet” our business owners directly online.
- Partnered with Councilman Henon for FallFest a large-scale neighborhood street festival.
- Participated in Small Business Saturday on November 29th with 11 participating small businesses.
- Partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia Tacony Branch and the Tacony Civic Association for the Winterfest special event at the Tacony Library.
- Continued to develop and retain a dynamic Board of Trustees to guide the Tacony Community Development Corporation.
- 93 new members joined the Tacony CDC to help fund new security cameras and regular cleaning on Torresdale Ave. Memberships raised more than $3000 in new contributions to fund these efforts.
- Completed a merchant and resident satisfaction survey to guide efforts over the next year and address important issues.
- Received awards for outstanding storefront designs, and our Manager Alex Balloon received the Corridor Catalyst Award from the City’s Storefront Challenge.
- Convened Merchant Group to explore ways to foster a business association for networking and peer-to-peer idea exchange.
- Completed a 10-year Community Development Corporation Tax Credit Partnership with Waste Management of Pennsylvania, bringing $850,000 to support our neighborhood revitalization efforts.
- Received a competitive Targeted Corridor Management Grant from the Philadelphia Commerce Department to support our corridor revitalization efforts.
Clean & Safe:
- Brought Ready, Willing, and Able to Torresdale Ave to address trash by cleaning the Avenue twice a week on a regular basis.
- Installed high-quality security cameras at five strategic locations, and linked them with the Philadelphia Police Department SAFECAM program. This was funded in partnership with the Philadelphia Commerce Department.
- Completed the Tacony Blight Survey and addressed outstanding requests with Philadelphia City Departments.
- Working in partnership to address Problem Properties Advisory Committee with Councilman Henon and other city agencies. To date more than 50 problem properties have been addressed.
- Supported the nomination of the National Register Historic District for the Disston Estate area of Tacony. When approved this will bring new eligibility for Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits for eligible income-producing properties.
- Completed business recruitment package, and reached out to realtors and targeted new businesses that may consider locating on Torresdale Ave.
- Assisted in the grand opening of Anthony’s Cafe Espresso at 4741 Princeton Ave
- Assisted in moving targeted foreclosed properties back on the market, working with both banks and real estate agents.
- Assisted with the business planning and recruitment of the new SawTown Tavern at the old Prince Cafe located near Torresdale Ave and Princeton Ave.
- Pasiano’s recently reopened at 7100 Tulip St with a new Italian and Filipino menu.