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“three new members to the DC Main Streets program: Destination Congress Heights, Tenleytown Main Streets, and Van Ness Main Streets”

by Prince Of Petworth April 11, 2016 at 4:45 pm 22 Comments

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced three new members to the DC Main Streets program: Destination Congress Heights, Tenleytown Main Streets, and Van Ness Main Streets.

“Main Streets helps local business corridors reach their full potential, by fostering smart growth and attracting new customers.” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “These three communities are prime for future success. My Administration will continue to invest in our neighborhood businesses because they, in turn, invest in our people.”

The mission of DC Main Streets is to lead sustainable, community-driven revitalization programs that promote economic development, strengthen their neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents. A program of the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), DC Main Streets serves as the citywide coordinating program that provides services and funding for the 10 Main Streets programs in the District of Columbia. These programs revitalize communities by retaining and recruiting businesses, improving commercial properties and streetscapes, and attracting consumers.

“We are thrilled to welcome these corridors to our DC Main Streets family. The contributions Main Streets programs make to the continued economic growth and prosperity of our city is invaluable. In 2015 alone, they generated more than 1,200 jobs,” said DSLBD Director Ana Harvey.

Last year, the seven existing DC Main Streets programs celebrated the opening of 30 new businesses and the creation of 1,200 new jobs.

DC Main Streets is a nationally recognized program with two of its programs, Barracks Row and H Street NE, receiving the distinguished Great American Main Street Award. A third, Shaw Main Street, is a finalist expected to receive the 2016 honor.”

  • java

    Van Ness/UDC Main Street? What a joke. All of the busineses in a huge building there have gone out of business in the past year – the chinese restaurant (large space), Epicurean (large space) and the real estate company. Plus the Walgreens two story building across the street as well as the huge glass and steel building at Van Ness and Connecticut which has been empty for years. Unfortunately the homeless have moved in to those spaces and lots of crime around as well.

    • Tim

      An economic revitalization program in an area where businesses have been struggling? Yeah what a crazy idea ;)

  • Park View Resident

    Did they expand April Fools into a month?

  • Anonymous

    Seriously? What a joke

  • Anonymous

    Great job Nadeau, with your laser focus on subsidized housing you’ve missed Georgia Avenue’s chance once again. You’re worthless to Ward 1

    • steveabroad

      It does seem odd that Georgia Ave isn’t part of this program.

      • Anonymous

        Nadeua is over her head. Lacks leadership and the ability to multi-task. Couldn’t be more disappointed in her.

      • Anonymous

        It is the main north-south commercial corridor in the district. The neglect by the city amazes me

    • Accountering

      When do we get to vote against her? I was excited to get Graham out, but she is certainly worse.

    • GBinCH

      If I think of one street that needs some major TLC, it’s Georgie Ave. Maybe it missed out because it’s beginning to do things on its own? Long way to go yet, but at least there is some development going on (both commercial and residential).

      • majka


      • Anonomnom

        Also, is it maybe one of the other projects? They say there are seven existing Main Street programs, but only name H Street, 8th Street and Shaw. Would be curious to know what the existing others are as well.

      • OP Anon

        Agreed. Georgia Ave needs a lot of leadership that only a BID could provide. The property owners, retail proprietors, large development companies, and Howard need to coordinate. Unfortunately, Georgia Ave has a “free rider” issue where everyone is just trying to wait for higher property prices without doing anything. Meanwhile, the streetscape suffers and actually acts as a magnet for crime.

        • textdoc

          A BID is something that comes only once there’s a thriving retail/restaurant/business presence already in place — the businesses in an area have to collectively decide that they want a BID and are willing to pay a surtax for it.
          No way is that happening with a bunch of vacant storefronts. And Howard — although it’s FINALLY doing some development — has been a terrible steward of its property. The buildings on the northwest corner of V and Georgia have been vacant for at least 20 years (probably longer), and Howard hasn’t even kept up with stuff like keeping the treebox weeds from turning into trees.

  • A

    I thought upper 14th St and Kennedy St were being added?

  • tke98

    According to the site, the 2016 active and accredited DC Main Streets programs are:
    1. Barracks Row Main Street
    2. Destination Congress Heights
    3. Ward 7 Business Partnership
    4. Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets
    5. H Street Main Street
    6. North Capitol Main Street
    7. Shaw Main Street
    8. Rhode Island Avenue Main Street
    9. Tenleytown Main Street
    10. Van Ness Main Streets

    • Anony

      I can’t believe leadership in Ward 1 did not get Georgia Avenue on this list! If there is one corridor that should be included it is Lower GA

      • tke98

        I agree. I’ve been in Petworth since ’07 and there have been various talks over the years of adding Georgia Ave and Kennedy Street in Ward 4 for some time now. Unfortunately, nothing came to fruition from those talks. I guess there’s always next year . . .

      • textdoc

        The Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force (and maybe others?) are still trying to get this to happen for lower Georgia Avenue (i.e., between New Hampshire and Florida).
        I agree that Georgia Avenue overall could use some help.

  • stacksp

    Could it be that GA Ave is already pretty much developed? It is not in dire straits like some of these other places. GA Ave albeit is not perfect but it is evolving on its own through residential and commercial rehabs etc.

    • textdoc

      There are soooo many vacant storefronts along Georgia Avenue. (And many of the ones that _aren’t_ vacant could use facade improvement.)
      Last time I was in Tenleytown, it looked like the commercial area was thriving.

      • Anonymous

        Ya, honestly GA is an ideal recipient but as things go in DC I’m sure more is at play. I just wish our local elected leadership would have prioritized it which I know they didn’t.


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