Elm Street Program (North Side Neighborhood)

The Elm Street Program is a neighborhood based initiative that seeks to empower residents to come together for the purpose of leading within and caring for their neighborhood.  The City of Lebanon first initiated the Elm Street Program in the northern area of the city in 2008.

The program was expanded in 2012 and the current boundaries are: 7th Street on the East, 12th Street on the West, the N/S railroad tracks to the South and Maple Street to the North. 

As a part of its "Image and Identity", the neighbors agreed to refer to our city's program as the "North Side Neighborhood." 

Intent of the Elm Street Program 

The Elm Street program aims to engage residents in the planning stewardship of their neighborhood's future.  It focuses on the following five areas utilizing a committee approach. Each committee is made up of volunteers from the neighborhood and other interested parties:

 

Elm Street is funded by the New Communities program of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
 
  • Elm Street
  • Main Street
  • Enterprise Zone

The above programs furnish communities with the tools to integrate revitalization of central business districts and surrounding residential neighborhoods.

 

Safe, Clean & Green Committee

How safe and pleasant people perceive a residential area to be is arguably the most important factor in the neighborhood's health.  Perception and reality sometimes differ, and a neighborhood with relatively little crime but an unsafe image will experience problems with attracting new residents and in motivating current residents to stay, buy homes and invest long-term.  This committee works closely with the Police and Public Safety Departments and focuses on promoting a clean and safe neighborhood.  Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4:45 P.M.

Design Committee

The character and overall feel of a neighborhood and its streets are often what make it special and set it apart.  Architecture is the most obvious aspect of design, but streetscape and landscaping also play a role in a neighborhood's design.  This committee oversees a Facade Improvement Program and focuses on assisting with improving the appearance and upkeep of a neighborhood. 

Neighborhood & Economy Committee

Employment rates and homeownership levels, heavily influence neighborhood health.  Obviously, low income and high unemployment can lead to lower homeownership rates and to negligible property upkeep.  This committee focusses on educating neighbors on budgeting, job skills and promoting businesses.  Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 A.M.

Sustainable Organization Board

This Board oversees the entire program and members are appointed by the Mayor.  Because neighborhood  revitalization generally is a much longer effort, one of the most difficult challenges is ensuring that efforts continue after public funding for operation ends.

Image & Identity Committee

Image focuses upon perceptions of the neighborhood by non-residents.  Identity describes how residents view or feel about their own neighborhood.  A neighborhood's image often will impact the perceived desirability of homes in the neighborhood and the level of investment in the area.  This committee focuses on hosting events, i.e., cook-outs, back to school and holiday parties.  They also are promoting a resource guide for the neighborhood.  Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at 6:15 P.M.

 

Contact Melissa Quinones at 717-228-4487 or mquinones@lebanonpa.org for more information on the Elm Street Program or North Side Neighborhood!