Historic Tacony Revitalization Program Soars

For the past year, we have enjoyed working locally to help a longstanding community development corporation to transition into downtown revitalization.  The Tacony Community Development Corporation (TCDC) in Philadelphia under the able leadership of Alex Balloon (who worked with us as an associate for three years), has made a big push this fall to encourage storefront rehab along Torresdale Avenue, the commercial corridor in this Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood.

We provided advice to the Design Team volunteers to craft the TCDC’s design guidelines, and we wrote the application and guidelines for the substantial subsidy available from TCDC funds. 

The TCDC funds, along with the City of Philadelphia’s Storefront Improvement Program provide an 85% subsidy for business owners and property owners seeking to make qualified improvements to their facades.  Not surprisingly, 22 property owners signed up, far more than anyone expected.  Six of the handsome storefront designed were completed by the Community Design Collaborative.

Finally, we are finishing a strategic plan for the organization to help them set a clear path forward as they quicken the pace of change in this historic neighborhood, click on this document to see the draft.. DRAFT TCDC Strat plan FINAL