The Tacony Community Development Corporation recently received the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance Award “in recognition of the latest generation of preservation achievement” at the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia Achievement Awards event, held at Vie on North Broad Street. Tacony CDC President Georgeanne Labovitz and Board Trustee and Treasurer Ashley de Vries were on hand to receive the award, along with former director Alex Balloon and current director James McCrone.
“We’re very pleased to receive this award from the Preservation Alliance, and for Tacony to be recognized as an innovative place with a vibrant commercial corridor,” said Labovitz, owner of Marie Huff Hairdressing. “Our group’s work targets commercial corridor reinvestment along Torresdale Avenue, inspired by the ‘Main Street’ project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Tacony CDC marries preservation with community revitalization while connecting with a diverse constituency, demonstrating in bricks and mortar the vital role that preservation can play in building our future.”
“Preservation and development are very important components to our approach,” added de Vries, owner of Keystone Soundworks. “Just last year, we successfully nominated the Disston-Tacony Industrial Waterfront Historic District to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.” ••