Roxborough releases 5-year plan

 Ridge Avenue during the 'Art is Life' festival. (Natavan Werbock/for NewsWorks)

Ridge Avenue during the 'Art is Life' festival. (Natavan Werbock/for NewsWorks)

The Roxborough Development Corporation has released the results of the neighborhood-wide survey it conducted earlier this season to develop a five-year plan for the community. 

Six hundred and fifty residents participated in the survey, which asked questions about the commercial corridor, shopping habits and safety concerns.

Among the top takeaways from the survey were the following:

Clean up the drug dealing on Ridge Avenue
Fill vacancies existing along the corridor
Improve the shabby and tired appearance of some Ridge Avenue properties
Clean up the nuisance bars along Ridge Avenue

James Calamia, executive director of RDC, said the group plans to work with 5th District police, businesses and community groups to help address problems along Ridge Avenue. Immediate solutions include planting trees and flowers along Ridge Avenue to help spruce up the appearance. 

Residents also noted they would like a sit-down restaurant to visit. Most of the restaurant options along the commercial corridor currently consist of fast food or take-out. Calamia said there are already a few restaurateurs that are considering vacant properties along the avenue. 

“We are seeing interest like we never have before,” he said. The survey indicates that residents would like to see an Italian restaurant, a BYOB or a brew-pub. 

Community members also expressed that there aren’t enough shopping options along Ridge Avenue, forcing them to go elsewhere to shop. They indicated they are looking for clothing stores, shoe stores, book stores and specialty grocery stores like Trader Joe’s. 

“Roxborough residents want to stay local,” said Calamia. “They want to shop here, along Ridge Avenue, in their community.” 

For a full look at the survey results click here

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