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Homeport Looks to Increase Activity on Long Street in King Lincoln District

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Work has continued this spring on the lot at the corner of Long Street and Garfield Avenue in the King Lincoln District. Fifteen local Starbucks workers volunteered their time one April weekend to put in planters and build picnic tables on the lot, which Los Potosinos Taco Truck calls home.

The beautification efforts, which started last year and are coordinated by the community development organization Homeport, are only one part of a larger project which aims to bring more activity to Long Street.

Homeport Development Coordinator Josh Lapp expects the effort (which they are calling “Retune the King Lincoln District”) to gain more steam with the addition of a full-time Americorps VISTA worker in June.

“(The aim is) to program vacant retail spaces and vacant lot with artists and creative entrepreneurs,” says Lapp. “The VISTA position will aim to help program these spaces at low or no cost to the artists and entrepreneurs in order to drive more people and businesses to the area.”

“In addition to Los Potosinos, which should be reopening for business soon, we are working the the Food Fort at ECDI to help bring more trucks to the area, especially in coordination with events at the Lincoln Theater, Homeport Gallery, and summer Jazz series,” he adds.

Meanwhile, Homeport’s North of Broad initiative is still going strong nearly eight years after its inception. All of the new and renovated houses on 21st Street between Long and Mt. Vernon have been sold, so the focus now shifts to adjacent streets.

According to Abigail Mack, director of home ownership, Homeport will be working on a total of 18 houses this spring and summer – a mix of new-builds and renovations.

Mack says the attention from the PACT initiative has been a positive factor, “not just with buyers, but with investors”, as awareness of the neighborhood and the changes happening there grows.

More information about Homeport and their programs can be found at www.homeport.org

Photos provided via Homeport.

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