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.

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To download a copy of the 2014-2019 Penn Avenue Corridor Strategic Plan, click here.

Please consult the Mainstreets Manager if you are looking to rent or buy or renovate property on Penn Avenue in the Bloomfield, Garfield or Friendship neighborhoods.