West Philly Local: Enterprise Center receives $1 million to help fund 52nd Street Initiative

The Enterprise Center has received $1 million in federal funding to help support Black-owned businesses along 52nd Street.

Presented by U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans on Friday, the money is part of a “revitalization” effort along 52nd Street, which Evans called the “anchor” of West Philadelphia Black community.

“This is just a downpayment,” Evans said.

The funding comes as The Enterprise Center nears construction of a new resource center at 277 South 52nd Street, which is part of its 52nd Street Initiative that hopes to draw new businesses and spur investment along West Philadelphia’s “Main Street.”

The Enterprise Center has pledged to use 100 percent minority-owned contractors for the resource center project. The current satellite office at 5243 Market Street will move to the new center once construction is complete.