A development district for the community, envisioned by the community, working to make positive, lasting change on Erie’s Eastside.
In 2019, we purchased the former Wayne School Building and renovated it to house our programs and our partners. The building, known as ECAT Wayne, has become a community hub for resources including healthcare, education, recreation, and career development.
The Wayne renovation project helped us transition an anchor building in this community. But we know that more resources and opportunities are needed. We invite you to learn about how ECAT is facilitating a development district for the community, envisioned by the community by creating and implementing a neighborhood development plan.
Thank you to our community for giving your feedback
at the Neighborhood Development Plan Open House
at the event:
- Splash pad at Wayne Park
- Bright sidewalks
- Space for younger adults to hangout
- Painted metal sculptures designed by ECAT students
- Healthy lunch options
- Capturing history and culture in signage
Envisioning the district
The East Ave. Corridor
From ECAT on 6th St. to the industrial corridor on 12th St., the Bayfront Parkway to Pennsylvania Ave., we have envisioned the Wayne Equity District with the East Ave. commercial corridor at the core.
Defining the district
Based on feedback from the community, our Steering Committee, and the expertise of Altair consultants, we have defined the district as the following:
- Western Boundary:
- Bayfront Parkway
- Northern Boundary:
- Northern side of E 6th St. to the West of East Ave. only, and continued on East Lake Rd. including Wayne Park
- Eastern Boundary:
- Western side of Pennsylvania Ave.
- Southern Boundary:
- Northern side of E 12th St.
View an interactive map of the boundaries:
A Community Effort
To ensure the process of community engagement is thoughtful, well resourced, and sustainable, we have put together a dedicated team.
This team is led by ECAT staff and supported by Altair Consultants. A Steering Committee comprised of residents and business owners from the neighborhood grounds our work.
Our Steering Committee is made up of residents, business owners, and ECAT and Altair staff acting as facilitators:
- Patricia Poston
- Shay Williams
- Tywonn Taylor
- Rashad Grady
- Sean and Kenya Johnson
- Gus Paliouras
- Rakan Zahra
- Daria Devlin (ECAT)
- Drevell Showers (ECAT)
- Hannah Moran (ECAT)
- Tom Hardy (Altair)
- Amy Murdock (Altair)
We are also guided by the input of key stakeholders including, but not limited to: The City of Erie Planning Department, Erie Redevelopment Authority, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, Infinite Erie, and nonprofit and church leaders from the district.
Focusing on outcomes
In service and in partnership with the members of the neighborhood, our team will build a Neighborhood Development Plan for the Wayne Health and Wealth Equity District with the following goals:
Cosmetically improve the commercial properties located at East 6th and Bayfront and along the East Ave corridor between 6th and 12th.
Improve quality of life for neighborhood residents by increasing accessibility and safety and carrying out place-making activities that focus on the arts and recreation.
Result in critical repairs to at least 8 home-owner owned properties, improving both health outcomes and generational wealth (through increased property value).
Provide access to healthy, affordable food options.
Engage residents in meaningful planning for their own neighborhood.
Build wealth through technical assistance programs that are strategically coupled with real-life opportunities.
Increase access to workforce development programs in key industries for Erie County.
A Phased Approach
September – October
- Form Steering Committee
- Identify district boundaries
- Conduct key stakeholder interviews
- Assemble existing, relevant data sets
- Design property and community outreach surveys
- Community engagement
- Input events (2)
November – January
- Conduct property survey and perform GIS Analysis
- Implement community outreach survey (door-to-door canvassing during weeks of November 14th and November 28th)
- Community engagement
- Community Survey
- Community Dinner
February – March
- Draft plan recommendations
- Community Engagement
- March 7th: Open House to share proposed plan
March – Summer
- Revise plan based on community input and recommendations
- Implement plan
Events with an asterisk (*) are open to community members. Events with a double asterisk (**) are open to the public.
January 26th: Community Dinner | 6 – 7:30PM | ECAT, Ada Lawrence Community Room**
Ongoing – January 29th: Community Survey
February 14th: Steering Committee Meeting | February 14th | 4 – 6PM | ECAT Conference Room
March 7th: Neighborhood Open House | ECAT, Ada Lawrence Community Room**
Share your memories of the neighborhood
As we work on a neighborhood development plan, we are looking to the past to inform the future. Do you have memories of growing up in the district, attending school, church, or working here? Do you have pictures you’d be willing to share with us of businesses, houses, or community members? Please email email@example.com to share.
ECAT Executive Director
Community Outreach Coordinator