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North of Lehigh Neighborhoood Revitalization Plan

NKCDC began to work closely with the Kensington community north of Lehigh Avenue in 2007, providing housing counseling, food referrals, tax rebate assistance and other services to interested residents.

Civic organization meeting
Somerset Neighbors for Better Living

Conversations with community members highlighted complex issues in the neighborhood and showed that residents are strongly interested in improving their community.

Beginning in 2010, NKCDC engaged the community in four volunteer-led studies, community input meetings and door-to-door surveys of 400 residents that resulted in a North of Lehigh Neighborhood Plan, released in 2014. The purpose of this plan is to:

  • Empower residents as agents of change in North of Lehigh;
  • Significantly reduce criminal activity including, most notably, drug dealing and drug use;
  • Strategically transform empty and blighted land into vibrant green spaces cared for by residents;
  • Spur capital investment North of Lehigh with the Orinoka Mills Complex development;
  • Improve access to local assets and social services;
  • Revitalize Kensington Avenue to better serve the retail needs of local residents;
  • Coordinate the efforts of the city, nonprofit organizations, churches, other institutions, and residents so that everyone is working from the same playbook; and
  • Inform funding decisions and raise money for neighborhood investments.


North of Lehigh Neighborhood Plan (2013)
North of Lehigh Plan Executive Summary

Lehigh/Somerset Conceptual Master Plan (2011)
(Earlier resident-driven plan supported by Community Design Collaborative and Kitchen & Associates)

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