PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02) joined the Roxborough Development Corporation and City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. today to launch the $2.2 million Ridge Avenue Streetscape /Gateway Project.
"This is a gigantic opportunity for the local business community and for Roxborough and the rest of Northwest Philadelphia," Fattah said. "This streetscape is going to revitalize the area, put people to work and it will enhance the shopping experience on Ridge Avenue."
"If you want to see how it will look, go over to Germantown Avenue where the streetscaping effort by Mount Airy USA is almost complete," Fattah added. "You can see the new signage, the greening, the new curbs and streetlights, how beautiful it is going to look."
Construction began Sept. 19 on three miles of streetscape improvements along the Ridge, financed by an $800,000 federal Home Town Streets Grant secured by Congressman Fattah as well as city and state funding. Fattah praised Councilman Jones for bringing $500,000 to the project, and State Senator Vincent Hughes for another $977,500 in state transportation funds.
"These projects work best when different levels of government work together with the community," Fattah said. "We have all those elements in place here today in Roxborough."
The announcement of the Streetscape Gateway project was made by Bernard Guet, Executive Director of the Roxborough Development Corporation, which is overseeing the effort. The announcement was made against the backdrop of a front-end loader in the Acme Market parking lot at Ridge Avenue and Gerhard Street.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah