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Columbia Heights group gets $200K to boost local commerce

The Columbia Heights Initiative joins eleven other accredited DC Main Streets programs.

Life in certain commercial corridors in Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant is about to get a lot better because The Columbia Heights Initiative, a community group, just got $200,000 as a newly designated D.C. Main Streets organization.

And it’s about to get more money, thanks to its upcoming inaugural Columbia Heights Night gala fundraiser, which will feature live music, local food, a silent auction, and giveaways. Tickets for the December event are $75 each.

Besides hosting neighborhood cleanups and outdoor movie nights, the group is known for organizing the annual Columbia Heights Day, eleven years running, and holiday tree lighting at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza.

The grant is intended to provide technical assistance to support capacity building, business retention, program design and implementation, and commercial-revitalization planning to maintain the traditional and unique character of” Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant, according to their website.

Besides the online form on the Columbia Heights Initiative site, residents can submit suggestions to the organization by e-mailing Executive Director Brianne Dornbush at