Nutter Praises Redevelopment Projects
The mayor was in Mt. Airy last week.
Mayor Michael Nutter had a relatively simple message to deliver when he appeared before a Mt. Airy crowd that featured many of the neighborhood's prominent figures.
"My work gets done on Germantown Avenue," he said.
He was making the point that even though his office is in City Hall, he enjoys ensuring progress gets made on some of the city's crucial commercial corridors. One of them is certainly Mt. Airy's main thoroughfare, and Nutter was in the neighborhood to help kick off a new redevelopment project along the avenue.
Mt. Airy USA has received several grants that will enable it to renovate properties at 6700, 6513, 6651-53 and 6614 Germantown Ave. It was at the final address that the news conference with Nutter was held.
Nutter talked about Mt. Airy USA during his remarks, saying that it's important nowadays to ensure that government has strong partnerships with community organizations.
As far as the investments into redevelopment go, Nutter said the city's Commerce Department has put a lot of money into such projects.
"We're going to have a stronger and smarter city," he said.
Mt. Airy USA Executive Director Anuj Gupta said this was the beginning of something new. The community development corporation ended up applying for one of the grants at the last minute, but it still ended up getting it.
The area at 6614 Germantown Avenue was once called "The Shack," but to hear Mt. Airy USA's Brad Copeland tell it, it will soon be called "The Cottage."
Connie Henry, who is opening up a new health care facility at 6700 Germantown Ave., spoke at the news conference as well.
"I can't wait to see it after the renovations," she said.