Historic Tacony Revitalization Project KICK OFF MEETING on October 17 2011

The Tacony Community Development Corporation (TCDC) announced today that it will hold a kick off meeting for its new effort to revitalize the Torresdale Avenue commercial corridor in the Tacony neighborhood on October 17, 2011. This meeting will begin with registration at 5:30 PM and the program begins at 6PM and runs until 8PM.  The meeting will be held in the basement meeting room at the Tacony Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia at 6742 Torresdale Avenue (at Knorr Street) in Philadelphia PA 19135. All neighborhood residents, merchants and property owners are invited to attend.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss why the Tacony Community Development Corporation 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 Mr. Naccarato speaks, Donna Ann Harris, principal of Heritage Consulting Inc., a consultant to the Tacony Community Development Corporation will give a twenty minute presentation on “An Introduction to Commercial District Revitalization.”  After the presentation, Ms. 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 Ms. 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” said Mr. Naccarato, “we hope to see many community members at this meeting, and hear their views about the future of the Avenue.”

The mission of the Tacony Community Development Corporation is the revitalization and preservation of the neighborhood of Tacony.