Tenleytown Main Street Shares More Details on Plans for Neighborhood

Tenleytown Business District

Additional details about the forthcoming Tenleytown Main Street program are beginning to take shape as the deadline for submitting a grant proposal to the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development draws near. Proposals are due October 2 for the $200,000 set aside in the D.C. budget to launch a new commercial revitalization program along Wisconsin Avenue, from Tenley Circle to Ellicott Street.

Tenleytown Main Street, the only organization that has announced it is pursing the funding opportunity, recently released a set of answers to “Frequently Asked Questions” via its Facebook page, providing some additional information on the overall mission of the organization, benefits to residents and businesses, and how the program will be funded beyond the grant from DSLBD.

Responding to the fundamental question “What will Tenleytown Main Street do?” the post states:

Tenleytown Main Street will work to revitalize Tenleytown’s commercial corridor by helping to strengthen existing businesses and recruiting new businesses. We also will work with businesses to improve the image of Wisconsin Avenue NW with cleaner streets, updated storefronts and attractive landscaping while marketing and branding Tenleytown’s unique qualities in order to increase market share.

The organization also plans to deliver benefits to the community through special events highlighting local businesses and the neighborhood, small grant funding opportunities for businesses, and efforts to attract additional retail, dining, and entertainment to the commercial core. The full text of the FAQs is available here.

Tenleytown Main Street is currently in discussions with potential board and advisory committee members, and plans to recruit a diverse array of local business, non-profit, and civic association leaders, according to Anne Wallace, president of Tenleytown Main Street. Wallace confirmed that as of the start of September representatives of American University, lil omm yoga, and Roadside Development LLC (representing The Wisconsin Building) have joined the board of directors, while others from Iona Senior Services, the Tenleytown Historical Society, and Wilson High School have signed on to the advisory committee.* Tenleytown Main Street also intends to meet with members of the community to ensure that program plans reflect the priorities and needs of local businesses and residents.

For those interested in learning more about Main Street programs, Cristina Amoruso, DC Main Streets Coordinator for DSLBD, will host an informational meeting on September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. The meeting is open to the public and free to attend.

For more on the Main Streets program in Tenleytown, see:


* Editor’s note: In the interest of full disclosure, we want to let our readers know that Tenleytown, D.C. has also joined the advisory committee. We remain committed to providing complete and impartial information about the Main Streets program in Tenleytown on this website, while also working to support the revitalization of Wisconsin Avenue.

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