Tacony takes first step in Torresdale Avenue revitalization

From the Tacony CDC:

The Tacony Community Development Corporation announced Thursday it will hold a kick-off meeting for its new effort to revitalize the Torresdale Avenue commercial corridor Oct. 17.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss why the Tacony CDC is launching the Historic Tacony Revitalization Project now and what they hope to achieve in the next few years. Peter Naccarato, the Board President of the Tacony CDC will also discuss the role of the Retail Market Analysis study being conducted now, and the process the organization will undertake to hire a full time employee this fall to manage the commercial district revitalization work.

After Naccarato speaks, Donna Ann Harris, principal of Heritage Consulting Inc., a consultant to the Tacony Community Development Corporation will give a 20-minute presentation on “An Introduction to Commercial District Revitalization.” After the presentation, Harris will facilitate a series of small group discussions where neighbors can identify their major issues and concerns about the Torresdale Avenue commercial district that they wish to see changed.

The small groups will present their ideas and Harris will describe how these concerns fit within the Main Street Four Point Approach. Small group participants will be encouraged to identify projects to solve some of these problems that might interest them from these lists. The next meeting date will be determined to create committees to move the revitalization effort forward.

“We are very excited about the launching of our revitalization effort for Torresdale Avenue in historic Tacony,” Naccarato said. “We hope to see many community members at this meeting, and hear their views about the future of the Avenue.”

More information and an agenda for the meeting is available on the Tacony Civic Association’s website. Registration for the meeting is required.

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