WHAT WE DO
Neighborhood vision: to create an attractive neighborhood with multiple housing options that will attract a diverse population as well as utilize the power of arts and culture in community-building and economic prosperity.
How it Began: From 2006 to 2010, the development of this Plan involved the Boroughs of Lansdowne and Yeadon, County of Delaware, Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC), Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), community stakeholders, and neighborhood residents. LEDC continues to collaborate with these parties using the Elm Street Five-Point Approach by establishing volunteer-driven committees to implement planned neighborhood revitalization projects in these areas: (1) Safe, Clean & Green, (2) Neighbors & Economy, (3) Design, (4) Image & Identity, (5) Sustainable Organization. Since LEDC hired an Elm Street Manager in March 2010, the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program has been working towards bringing these projects to fruition and developing a financial strategy to maintain the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program after the conclusion of its 5-year funding commitment from Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).
WHO WE ARE
Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has made a 5-year funding commitment to the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program, operating under the umbrella of the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC). DCED selected our neighborhood based on its capacity for revitalization, investment of local community organizers, and proximity to Lansdowne’s Main Street Program, also run by the LEDC. Through the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program, the LEDC is working together with the Boroughs of Lansdowne and Yeadon to partner on revitalization projects with stakeholders such as civic groups, regional businesses and institutions, and neighborhood residents. Through the Program’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee, appointees from the Boroughs and neighborhood provide oversight and recommendations on project implementation.
Whether you’re a resident, community organizer, or local business, the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program is counting on your input and support. Your participation in public meetings and volunteer events will make a difference in your neighborhood.
Elm Street Staff
Hired by the LEDC to manage implementation of the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Plan, Deborah (Lamborn) Brodeur was the Senior Manager of Development at the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. Mrs. Brodeur was responsible for writing the Elm Street Plan for our neighborhood. With her links to CAADC, she is also able to bring many CAADC social service and revitalization programs and funds to our neighborhood. She is now the Executive Director of the LEDC. You can reach her by phone at 610.745.4063 or email at Debbie@LansdownesFuture.org.
Jeanne Ketcham is the LEDC’s Program Coordinator and is responsible for handling the day-to-day activities involved with implementation of the Elm Street Program. You can reach her by phone at 610.745.4013 or email at Jeanne@LansdownesFuture.org.
The Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program serves the community that straddles the boundary of the Boroughs of Lansdowne and Yeadon in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Our neighborhood is bounded by the SEPTA railroad tracks parallel to Baltimore Avenue on the north, Baily Road on the south, Lansdowne Avenue on the west, and Union, Penn, and Industrial Park Avenues on the east. Community amenities include Hays Park, Interboro Park, Yeadon Community Park, the Lansdowne Public Library, Nile Swim Club, and historic Lansdowne train station.