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DECA says thanks to volunteers as it wraps up its Pop Up program

Display outside Shore Leave reviewed accomplishments of Pop Up project.

Display outside Shore Leave reviewed accomplishments of Pop Up project. -STAFF

Organizers of charity and other social relief organizations often say their goal is to no longer be needed. And in the case of the “Pop Up Shops” community development initiative started four years ago by the Danforth East Community Association, that is exactly why the group is disbanding its project, which sought to revitalize a now thriving retail strip.

The organization held a social at Shore Leave bar on July 14 to thank the over 100 volunteers who have helped spruce up bedraggled Danforth Ave. retail spaces and worked to find temporary tenants for other long vacant spots that had become an eyesore. When the project started the vacancy rate along the strip was 17% but thanks in part to its success it now sits at just 6%. Of the 32 Pop Up shops set up, six have remained as permanent businesses and all 15 of the properties involved now have tenants with long term leases.

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