Lansdowne Borough and Lansdowne Train Station Historic Preservation

 

Twentieth Century Club ($400,000)

Lansdowne Newsletter the Real One0614099For decades the Twentieth Century Club, has served as a central social life in Lansdowne.  With the desire to preserve this building and insure the safety of those using the building, a $400,000 grant was secured though Representative Nick Micozzie’s office to replace the furnace and electrical system and make the building compliant with current building codes and preserving the buildings appearance. The clubhouse has returned to use as the home of Celebration Theater, the Lansdowne Folk Club and the many programs of the Lansdowne Recreation Dept. 

In the mid 1990s and 2000s, I worked in Lansdowne to help to revitalize the Borough through numerous projects including historic preservation projects. The projects taken together demonstrate a strategy to reinvigorate the community through taking advantage of existing assets within the Borough. With each of these projects, I was able to work with the dedicated volunteers of the Greater Lansdowne Civic Association Board of Directors and its members. With their support and dedication and extensive knowledge of Matt Schultz I, was able to take a leadership role locally and in Harrisburg in seeking approval and funding for worthwhile projects in Lansdowne.

THE HISTORIC LANSDOWNE TRAIN STATION

In 1992 several teenagers accidently lit the historic 1902 Lansdowne Railroad Station on fire.  The fire did minor damage to the building but resulted in the closing of the station.  Local residents created an advocacy campaign that lobbied elected officials, myself included, to support the restoration of the railroad station.  While assessing the damage it was determined the building had numerous structural issues.

In meetings with SEPTA officials locally and in Harrisburg that I represented and made it clear that if SEPTA, the owner of the station, didn’t support the restoration that I would not be able to support them in future votes that would come before the House of Representatives.  SEPTA’s General Manager Lou Gambaccini agreed to work with the community and me to make sure that this landmark would continue to serve the residents of eastern Delaware County.  The station reopened in 1994 with much fanfare—over 1,000 locals and railroad fans gathered at the station for a ribbon cutting and celebration.

 

 

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