Lansdowne Avenue: The Gateway to Carroll Park and Overbrook Communities
Once a sustainable and thriving commercial corridor - Lansdowne Avenue between the 57th and 67th Streets; was once home to a bakery, fish market, flower and gift shop, shoe repair shop, sneaker and shoe store, locksmith, supermarket, children clothing store, women’s clothing store, and other entrepreneurs. We have come to understand that a commercial corridor such as this one is a vital artery to the entire surrounding community. Therefore, the health of this community is integrally connected to the health of this commercial corridor.
B.O.O.S.T (Building on Opportunity for Sound Training) has taken on the enormous challenge of revitalization and the redevelopment of Lansdowne Avenue: The Gateway to Carroll Park and Overbrook Communities.
B.O.O.S.T Economic Empowerment & Development Projects
The revitalization and the redevelopment of Lansdowne Avenue Corridor require the acquisition of abandon properties, vacant lots, Job readiness, community advocacy and community partnerships.
In partnership with the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Wynnfield-Overbrook Revitalization Corporation, Career Link Philadelphia, West Philadelphia Financial Services Institute, Philadelphia Film Society – Movies on the Block, Lansdowne Avenue and Carroll Park Prevention Coalition; we will aim to restore retail stores, restaurants, and affordable housing on the Lansdowne Avenue corridor and within our geographical community.
B.O.O.S.T’s Projects require developing venues and avenues in which optimism is fostered through economic empowerment and community wealth building. Generating wealth in our community will cause our community to flourish. At the core of our goals is the need for:
Healthy-sustainable businesses that give -back to the community: Through the Lansdowne Avenue Business Association, B.O.O.S.T. will encourage the development and implementation of businesses that add value to our community; as well as work with existing business in the community to foster a greater sense of partnership. The Lansdowne Avenue Business Association in cooperation with the Community Credit Union will make small loans available to entrepreneurs looking to start healthy-sustainable businesses within the community.
B.O.O.S.T. will also partner with H.U.D. Housing to provide Affordable Housing to residence and those looking to relocate to the area; as well as encourage and train persons to become Home Owners. Through cooperative partnerships with local organizations and city agencies B.O.O.S.T. will build a state-of-the-art Senior Housing Complex.
The Community Credit Union will give residence freedom from check cashing stores and payday loans which is a leading contributor to financial imprisonment. B.O.O.S.T. aims to break the cycle of poverty in our community through seminars, financial training, budgeting, investing in the community, small loans, community partnership and banking structure “for the community run by the community”.