The Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, along with the Ward 7 Business Partnership, has been awarded a DC Main Streets Grant by the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development.

The grant will enable the partnership to deliver commercial revitalization services for businesses located along the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor from the John Philip Sousa Bridge to Southern Avenue in southeast D.C.

“Finally, an opportunity to give some real attention to a D.C. business corridor that has struggled through hardship and attempted to reinvent itself many times over the years,” said Deborah Jones, Ward 7 Business Partnership spokesperson. “Through this D.C. government-approved and -supported collaboration, our partnering organizations are committed to improving the business mix resulting in our Penn Ave East professionals and retailers profitably offering more of the quality products and services the Ward 7 community needs and deserves.”

Babatunde Oloyede, CEO of Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, added that the long-standing Ward 7 community-based organization is excited about the award and its union with Ward 7 Business Partnership.

“By combining our resources and capabilities, [the two organizations] can create synergies and economies of scale to impact not just [Pennsylvania Avenue East Main Street] but the greater Ward 7 business community,” Oloyede said. “COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on minority-owned businesses, it is good to see DC government allocating much-needed resources to this vital corridor.”

DC Main Streets, reated in 2002 through the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of 26 business corridors in the District of Columbia by providing services and funding.

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