Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation (UEDC)

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The Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation (UEDC) is a Community Development Corporation that was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1995 and received it's IRS 501(c) 3 status in 2002. The mission is to stimulate the economy in blighted areas in Philadelphia by creating commercial enterprises, developing neighborhood revitalization projects and managing moderate and housing.

The UEDC has identified the historic Uptown Theater as its first acquisition and revitalization project.
The 50,000 square foot theater, with a 2,040 seat auditorium located at 2240 N. Broad Street, was acquired in 2002. The development plans include renovating the theater into a technology center, artist lofts and office space. Proposed tenants include a faith-based institution, high school, record production facility and restaurant.

The technology center will create jobs for 200 youth and adults and provide entrepreneurial opportunities for disadvantaged members of the community. Project participants include Berean Institute, Base Group and the Uptown Cultural District Group. The linchpin of the program strategy will be the creation of a film and media center, technology center and film stage.