The NTCDC became aware of the importance of planning early on, and utilized it as a roadmap to implementing its neighborhood revitalization strategy. We consulted with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, (PCPC) which allowed us to recognize the value in the history of the area, and identify neighborhood assets as well as weaknesses. Over the years, the NTCDC has studied the planning process, with assistance and guidance from PCPC. Planning has proven to be the foundation upon which the success of the NTCDC’s neighborhood development is established.
In 2003, a grant from the Department of Commerce allowed the NTCDC to develop the first of a succession of corridor development plans. Mostly conceptual, the plan focused primarily on community input and surveys, and the 40 parcels of vacant land in the 4400 block of Germantown Avenue. Three subsequent corridor based plans were also primarily conceptual, with recommendations of establishing mixed-use development, a skate park and gateway destination points. The NTCDC also participated and had input on PCPC’s Germantown & Nicetown Transit Oriented Plan, an in-depth study of these Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods. All of these plans recognized the need to bring more connectivity to Nicetown’s commercial corridor, which was literally divided by the Roosevelt Boulevard.
NTCDC Neighborhood Economic Development & Housing Strategy
Current corridor revitalization plans include $ 1 million in capital improvements to Nicetown Park to initiate the development of the Nicetown Sport Court under the Roosevelt Boulevard, new banners, bus shelters, redesign of the Nicetown Community Garden, and a Corridor Manager. This along with the new Nicetown Court I & II developments, and the proposed NTCDC Business and Culture Center will establish new gateways and destination points, stimulate the local economy, and restore vibrancy to Nicetown’s corridor.