October 28, 2013Dear Residents,This morning I joined Mayor Gray and Victor Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Planning andEconomic Development (DMPED), at the DC Dragons Martial Arts Training Center, located at1731 Rhode Island Avenue NE, to celebrate the 29 awardees of the Great Streets Small BusinessCapital Improvement Program.As you may know, earlier this year I introduced, and the Council passed, legislation
declaring Bladensburg Road, North Capitol Street, and Rhode Island Avenue as “Retail PriorityAreas.” This designation
provides access to Great Streets grants and technical assistance fromDMPED for businesses along these corridors. As a result of this legislative accomplishment,today nine Ward 5 businesses along Bladensburg Road, North Capitol Street, and Rhode IslandAvenue were awarded grants to improve their businesses!Ward 5 did exceptionally well in this competitive grant process. Of the $2.1 million ingrant monies awarded throughout Retail Priority Areas across the city, nearly $740,000 went to businesses along Bladensburg Road, North Capitol Street, and Rhode Island Avenue.
awardees are as follows:
, located at 1111 Bladensburg Road NE, is an automobile repair shop that will use its $85,000 award for building renovations and signage to attract newcustomers.
Cornerstone Bar Group
, located at 1648 North Capitol Street NW, will use its $85,000award to convert a vacant building on the site into a new restaurant to serve the TruxtonCircle, Bloomingdale, and Eckington neighborhoods.
The Avenue Day Spa
, located at 2125 Rhode Island Avenue NE, is a salon that will useits $85,000 award for store improvements and to install new signage.
DC Dragons Martial Arts Training Center
, located at 1731 Rhode Island Avenue NE,is a family owned and operated martial arts studio that will use its $69,500 award torenovate its facility.