Governor Wolf Tours Economic Development Projects in Philadelphia’s District 4
May 18, 2017
Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today participated in a walking tour of District 4 in Philadelphia with Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Senator Vincent Hughes, and Representative Morgan Cephas. Councilman Jones’ District 4 includes Allegheny West, Belmont Village, East Falls, Manayunk, Overbrook, Overbrook Park, Roxborough, Wynnefield and sections of West Philadelphia.
The walking tour started at the Wynne Senior Residence, highlighting this 51-unit affordable apartment building for seniors that is currently under construction. The tour continued with economic development projects in the district, including the 54th Street Business Corridor, Triangle Park, and the Beeber Annex, which houses Overbrook Beacon Academy for daycare and childcare.
“This was not my first trip to Councilman Jones’ district and it’s great to see evidence of economic development and a commitment to the city everywhere we walked,” said Governor Wolf. “Focusing on the opportunities in the vibrant District 4 means the collaboration of many people passionate about seeing their community grow and prosper.”
“Urban Middle Neighborhoods that have working class incomes have gotten state assistance from Governor Wolf’s administration,” Councilman Jones said. “This tour is a continuation of his commitment”
The Wynne Business Association has been instrumental in the revitalization of the 54th Street Corridor. The association was created to revitalize, develop and implement strategies that would stimulate economic development in the Wynnefield area and the 54th Street commercial corridor.
The association’s purpose is to provide members with the support needed to help build strong and lasting businesses. In addition to support of local businesses, the association partners with the Commerce Department to secure funding for external improvements for various businesses, has installed BigBelly trash cans and SEPTA bus shelters along the 54th Street Corridor, planted trees and conducted business workshops.
Currently in his second term as councilman, Curtis Jones, Jr. chairs the Public Safety committee and is vice chairman to the committees of Park, Recreation & Cultural Affairs and Appropriations.