Tenleytown Awarded Main Street Grant for Commercial District

Tenleytown Streetscape 5Tenleytown’s business community received some good news today.

The District’s Department of Small and Local Business Development awarded a grant to Tenleytown Main Street (TTMS) to strengthen the neighborhood’s commercial district along Wisconsin Avenue, from Tenley Circle to Fessenden Street.

TTMS intends to provide technical support to local businesses, work to attract new retail to serve the community, and enliven the streetscape along the avenue through beautification and other projects. The organization was founded this summer by Tenleytown community members in response to the Main Street funding opportunity.

Tenleytown joins Van Ness, which also received a grant today, as the two most recent neighborhoods in the District to receive Main Street designation. There are eight other Main Street programs in the city, including Barracks Row, Congress Heights, Deanwood Heights, Historic Dupont Circle, H Street, North Capitol, Shaw, and Rhode Island Avenue.

Main Street programs follow an approach to commercial revitalization developed by the National Main Street Center, which includes a focus on historic preservation in concert with business growth. Established in 1980, the National Main Street Center has worked with more than 2,000 commercial districts across the United States.

In a statement released today, Gina Schaefer, owner of Ace Hardware DC and its Tenleytown store, said “Tenleytown is such a wonderful and vibrant neighborhood and we are thrilled to be a part of it.  We are really excited for what is to come now that the community has been awarded a Main Street Grant.”

Tenleytown Historical Society member Carolyn Long echoed Schaefer’s enthusiasm, saying “we are excited about beautifying our commercial corridor and attracting more interesting retail and restaurants to Tenleytown, while celebrating our local history and honoring the contribution our historic buildings make to our community’s intimate neighborhood feeling.”

Tenleytown Main Street has invited members of the community to attend a meeting on November 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Tenley-Friendship Library. TTMS will update local residents and business owners on next steps for the program and discuss how community members can become involved in and contribute toward the effort to improve the commercial district.

For more information on today’s funding announcement, visit the Tenleytown Main Street website to read their press release.

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

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