New Main Street forming on Georgia Avenue

Last year, the Center was selected through a competitive process facilitated by the District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to establish and operate The Parks Main Street (formerly the South Dakota Avenue-Riggs Road Main Street).

We are excited to announce the Center’s second grant award from DSLBD to establish and operate the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street. The scope and goals of our efforts will include:

  • assisting business districts with the retention, expansion and attraction of neighborhood-serving retail stores; and
  • unifying and strengthening the commercial corridor

Utilizing the nonprofit and Main Street methodology that has worked across DC and the nation, we have recruited a committed and diverse board of directors that is representative of the Shepherd Park, Takoma, Brightwood and Manor Park communities located along the Upper Georgia Avenue economic corridor.

The Main Street will be launched by this small founding board of individuals coming primarily from the neighborhood associations and community organizations that are already engaged on the Upper Georgia Avenue business corridor.

As the Community Board develops and the Main Street is activated, there will be additional Board seats for neighbors and business owners, as well as committee positions.

Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street boundaries

The UGA Main Street area will range from Georgia Avenue, NW from Missouri Avenue to Eastern Avenue, including collaborating with The Parks development for the Fern Street to Aspen Street portion.

Who We Serve

UGA Main Street represents small, independent businesses located within the boundaries listed above. Through the leadership of an executive director, board of directors and community volunteers, small business owners will receive technical assistance, retail grants and promotion assistance to support economic redevelopment efforts that engage and excite our communities.

What We Do

Main Streets are committed to transforming business corridors and creating economic impact for our neighborhoods by RAIN:

Revitalizing our communities by supporting retention and recruitment of small businesses to enhance economic vitality.

Attracting consumers to our commercial corridors through promotions that showcase them as thriving, welcoming destinations.

Improving the design of commercial properties and streetscapes by providing competitive grant funds for façade improvement.

Neighborhood organizations mobilizing and advocating to assist businesses and to coordinate sustained, community-driven revitalization efforts within UGA neighborhoods and the organization.