Congressman Dwight Evans highlights new federal funding for the Enterprise Center’s 52nd Street Initiative

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Congressman Dwight Evans has been a staunch advocate for the 52nd Street Initiative. Photo Credit: AL DÍA Archives.

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Tiffany Rivera

U.S Congressman Dwight Evans received a $1million grant to renovate West Philadelphia’s 52nd Street.

This money will go towards West Philadelphia’s famous 52nd Street in order to add more businesses and create more jobs, while also revamping the area to give it a makeover.

This new business prospect will give a boost to struggling businesses that have been scorned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was pleased to designate this $1 million in federal funding for the 52nd Street Initiative, a project that will transform the disinvested 52nd Street commercial corridor, in the government funding bill that President Biden recently signed into law,” Evans said.

The federal grant will be used toward the construction of the new 277 Community & Business Resource Center located at 52nd and Chestnut Street, and will be developed by minority contractors.

The area is close to mass transit and once the development is over, it will be a perfect spot for locals to shop and support.

The grant will encourage local residents and business owners the chance to develop the area by creating multiple perspectives, such as health stores and other business ventures.

The project will create 20 permanent jobs, including property manager, janitorial staff, client relations, marketing jobs and leasing agents. There will also be temporary positions, including design services, rehabilitation, and construction jobs.

President and CEO of the Enterprise Center Della Clark praised Congressman Evans for his staunch support in turning 52nd Street into an up-and-coming community hub.