This program of the BGC, in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, works to develop and execute revitalization strategies in consultation with community groups, residents, businesses and government officials.
As a result, more than 15 small art galleries and studios, several private design firms, a dance company, two cafés, a co-working space, 3 architecture firms, and a cluster of non-profits have opened on the avenue. A mixed-income loft community, complete with an upscale Mexican restaurant, now occupies the site of several, formerly abandoned properties. In addition, the avenue has attracted a high-profile children’s adoption and rehabilitation center, a major hospital and a very visible and modern senior care center. The rebirth has generated city-wide interest.
For up-to-date information about the Penn Avenue business and arts district, visit pennavenue.org.