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Tacony CDC is ready to revitalize Torresdale Ave.

Neigh­bor­hood res­id­ents, mer­chants and prop­erty own­ers are in­vited to at­tend an up­com­ing meet­ing of the Ta­cony Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion, which is plan­ning a long-term re­vital­iz­a­tion of the Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue com­mer­cial cor­ridor.

The meet­ing will take place on Monday, Oct. 17, at the Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia’s Ta­cony Branch, at 6742 Tor­res­dale Ave. (at Knorr Street).

Guests are asked to re­port to the base­ment meet­ing room. Re­gis­tra­tion starts at 5:30 p.m., and the pro­gram will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Ta­cony CDC is launch­ing the His­tor­ic Ta­cony Re­vital­iz­a­tion Pro­ject.

Peter Nac­car­ato, the CDC’s board pres­id­ent, will dis­cuss the on­go­ing re­tail mar­ket ana­lys­is. The board will hire a full-time em­ploy­ee this fall to man­age the com­mer­cial dis­trict re­vital­iz­a­tion work.

Her­it­age Con­sult­ing Inc. is serving as a con­sult­ant to the CDC. Donna Ann Har­ris, a prin­cip­al in the firm, will fa­cil­it­ate a series of small group dis­cus­sions. Neigh­bors will be able to identi­fy ma­jor is­sues and con­cerns about the Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue com­mer­cial dis­trict.

The CDC will use the so-called Main Street Ap­proach, which is a vo­lun­teer-driv­en, his­tor­ic pre­ser­va­tion-based eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment pro­gram. The pro­ject will de­vel­op or­gan­iz­a­tion, pro­mo­tion, design and eco­nom­ic re­struc­tur­ing teams.

A pro­ject fact sheet states, “Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue, like many oth­er com­mer­cial cor­ridors in Phil­adelphia that are us­ing the Main Street Ap­proach, can be­come the hub and heart of Ta­cony once again.”

“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.” ••

To RS­VP or for more in­form­a­tion, call Donna Ann Har­ris at 215-546-1988 or 267-251-5444, or send an e-mail to his­tor­ic­ta­con­yre­vital­iz­a­tion@gmail.com 

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