Minnesota Avenue Main Street

Welcome to Minnesota Avenue

Minnesota Avenue is one of the largest historic commercial districts located east of the Anacostia River. Downtown Ward 7, centered where Minnesota Avenue NE meets Benning Road NE, is home to the Art Deco Senator Theater, the recently renovated neighborhood library named after famed Civil Rights and Women’s Rights activist Dorothy I. Heights, and has experienced significant growth with new and planned developments including the mixed-use Park 7 and a revitalized Minnesota Avenue Metro station.

Minnesota Avenue Main Street, a Downtown Ward 7 Initiative, was designated in 2017 and is operated by the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif).

Learn more at www.minnesotaavemainstreet.org


  • Revitalize

    We aim to of revitalize the commercial corridor of Minnesota Avenue NE and Benning Road NE to further the economic vitality of our community through business retention, recruitment, and expansion


  • Develop

    We help enhance the physical environment of our main streets’ commercial district through clean teams and streetscape improvements as well as support storefront and interior upgrades for small business owners


  • Promote

    As the Minnesota Avenue Main Street we proudly promote our neighborhood commercial district, individual business owners and entrepreneurs through events and campaigns designed to increase activity and help the bottom line



Minnesota Avenue Main Street Business Resilience Fund

The Minnesota Avenue Main Street (MAMS) has created a grant fund, supported by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, to help small businesses along the Minnesota Avenue commercial corridor thrive and prosper in place. MAMS intends to fund a total of $80,000 in grants, with awards of up to $15,000 per small business. Applications are due July 30th and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the funding is exhausted. Click here to apply.




  • Washington, DC is proud to be a place where small and local businesses can open, grow, and thrive.

    Mayor Muriel Bowser

For more information

Contact our team at info@wacif.org or 202-529-5505.

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As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Minnesota Avenue Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

The Minnesota Avenue Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets program and is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development