Tacony Community Development Corporation has worked with commercial property owners to renovate 15 storefronts in the last year – that’s more than any other corridor has accomplished in a single year period. On Tuesday, Tacony CDC and its many partners celebrated these upgrades, all part of a concentrated effort to revive the neighborhood’s commercial corridors, particularly Torresdale Avenue, and in so doing build a stronger neighborhood.
We’ve been following along since Tacony CDC started its storefront initiative in 2012, when they started taking applications for storefront improvement matching grants in partnership with the Commerce Department. This project generated $200,000 in new investment on Torresdale Avenue.
Fresh paint, new lighting and awnings, updated signage, or as Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger said improvements made “one mosaic tile at a time,” add up and together are giving Torresdale Avenue a new look.
“We’re like a little hidden treasure,” Tacony CDC president Georgeanne Huff-Labovitz said. Her salon, Marie Huff Hairdressing, named for her mother, has been on Torresdale Avenue for 35 years and she said her customers appreciate that things are looking better on the street. “People have a new pride now.”