Posted by Eric Horvath on February 06, 2015 at 12:22 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia) - Councilman Bobby Henon introduced two measures in City Council yesterday aimed at supporting commercial corridors in the 6th District.
Councilman Henon is joined by Alex Balloon (Tacony CDC), Georgeanne
Huff-Labovitz; Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, Jim Van Woert Waste
Management at a Summer event to celebrate 15 renovated storefronts
on Torresdale Ave. (photo courtesy of Tacony CDC).
The first, a privileged resolution to hold hearings on the Storefront Improvement Program, a program administered by the Department of Commerce that provides eligible businesses owners on designated neighborhood commercial corridors a reimbursable grant to improve their storefronts.
Since its inception, it has helped hundreds of business owners improve the aesthetics of their business - a crucial step in attracting business, increasing property values and driving economic activity.
The program has seen particular success in Tacony, where dozens of renovated storefronts dot Torresdale Ave., such as DeNofa's, Wellen's and others. The resolution was co-sponsored by Councilman Wilson Goode Jr. (at-large) and Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th District).
In addition, Councilman Henon introduced a bill to prohibit certain sidewalk vending on commercial corridors, with exceptions for fruit, vegetable and flower sales. This is in response to concerns from multiple businesses and neighbors reporting issues with business activity from a variety of sidewalk sales being conducted on corridors, currently, encroaching into rights-of-way and causing a disturbance in the community. That bill has also been referred to the appropriate committee for debate.
|DeNofa's after storefront renovations.|
"Both of these efforts go hand-in-hand to help strengthen our commercial corridors," Councilman Henon said. "Clean, attractive storefronts lead to more business, more employees and more economic activity - which leads to cleaner, safer streets and neighborhoods. SIP is another good tool that our communities, business owners and CDCs can use in that regard and the hearing is meant to strengthen and refine the program."
Finally, Councilman Henon applauded a bill introduced by Cindy Bass (8th District) to build on work done by Henon and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (4th District) to regulate donation bins. Many neighbors and civic groups in the 6th District have reported short-dumping, neglected bins and even illegal drug activity. Henon agreed that the efforts should focus on giving a safe, registered location to donate clothing and household items must be balanced with overall quality of life and safety.
"The bins are well-meaning for many organizations, but unfortunately, other groups use it as a for-profit opportunity, not keeping in mind the issues of cleanliness, quality of life or safety," Councilman Henon said. "I'm happy that Councilwoman Bass agreed that this is a serious issue that requires straightforward, actionable regulation and look forward to working on a final product."