Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC)
The Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC) is a Not-For-Profit 501©(3) whose mission is to create and stimulate sustainable economic development through innovate and creative use of our available resources while improving the quality of life for residents in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. The vision of this organization was born out of advocacy and activism that was spearheaded by the residents of West Oak Lane and State Representative Dwight Evans. After decades of being a vibrant commercial corridor bustling with commerce and charm, the 7100 block of Ogontz Avenue began to decline in the early 1970’s and by 1981, the Ogontz Plaza, the centerpiece of the West Oak Lane community had become a vacant and graffiti-scarred eyesore. The Ogontz Hall Apartment building was plagued with undesirable conditions and many other properties on the Ogontz Avenue Commercial Corrdior were also vacant and dilapidated. Finally, in 1983, the community had enough and led by key residents and State representative Dwight Evans they collaborated together to devise a solution for their prevailing problem. That solution came to be known as the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC).