Evan Sanchez is an entrepreneur, who, while studying at Columbia University, became a founding member of Olo, an online and mobile ordering platform for restaurant chains. Sanchez has applied that startup mentality to his latest project: the long-term revitalization of his hometown, Atlantic City. Since moving back in 2015, Sanchez has co-founded ThisIsAC, a nonprofit grassroots community movement aimed at telling the stories of people in the city. He also works with the Atlantic City Arts Foundation and co-founded Authentic City Partners, an Organization that develops revitalization projects.
The beach block of Tennessee Avenue does not look all that much different than other blocks in Atlantic City. A few motels and boarding houses dot the street, along with some vacant buildings and empty lots. At one end of the long block stands the twin spires of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Church, and at the other, the beige rectangle of the Casino Control Commission offices.
By this summer, things could be far different if the plans of a group of local investors pan out. They envision handmade chocolates, an independent coffee house, yoga classes, a beer garden and a thriving scene welcoming visitors and locals alike.
ATLANTIC CITY — Evan Sanchez and Zenith Shah of Authentic City Partners are hoping to bring change to the resort.
Authentic Partners teamed up with Alpha Funding Solutions CEO and Iron Room Restaurant owner Mark Callazzo for the Tennessee Avenue project, which promises to bring new merchants to the block between Pacific Avenue and the Boardwalk.
We took a tour of the work being done on the beach block of Tennessee Avenue in Atlantic City last week, to check out progress on buildings that will house three new businesses and a non-profit. The so-called Tennessee Avenue Renaissance Project consists of a dozen properties on the Inlet side of the street.