FM Mart (6648 Torresdale Ave) is installing security cameras on their property as part of the Business Security Camera Program. New security cameras will be installed on the exterior of the building, and the City of Philadelphia will provide a partial reimbursement. The Business Security Camera Program encourages Philadelphia businesses and commercial property owners to install surveillance cameras, making businesses safer for shoppers and the community while growing their vitality and economic performance. The program reimburses up to 50% of the total cost of eligible improvements. The maximum award for a single commercial property is $3,000. Cameras must be installed on the outside of buildings, providing surveillance for both the business and the public space. The Tacony CDC assists business owners who want to take advantage of this program by providing contractor contacts and support. This is another way local business owners, the Tacony CDC, and the City of Philadelphia are working to improve the safety, vitality and economic performance of Tacony’s commercial corridor. Other neighborhood businesses are also currently under review for the Business Security Camera Program, such as Sippel Brothers Auto (4811 Longshore Ave).
FM Mart also participated in the Storefront Improvement Program in 2014. It was renovated to look like the Woolworth’s it was years ago. This program reimburses owners of commercial buildings and businesses within designated commercial corridors like Torresdale Avenue for improvements they make to their storefronts. The program can reimburse up to 50% of the cost of eligible improvements. This year, the Tacony CDC is marking its 30th storefront improvement.