WHat is LEAP?

In 2009, Warren Conner Community Development Coalition (now Eastside Community Network) partnered with seven community development organizations serving the lower eastside (from Alter Road to Mount Elliot, East Warren to the Detroit River), to tackle the massive divestment and socioeconomic inequity plaguing our community. Together with residents and technical advisors, we created the Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP), a resident-driven framework for redeveloping our neighborhoods through vacant land reuse and reclamation, with funding from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored LEAP with a 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. To learn more about LEAP, visit leapdetroit.org.

Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG)

LEAP is governed by a 15-member Steering Committee comprised of partner organizations located in the LEAP district. Bi-monthly Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) Meetings are held - open to all residents within the LEAP district to discuss priorities. 2016 SAG Meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6PM at ECN's Headquarters.

LEAP Planning Committee

Introduced in September 2016, the LEAP planning committee is charged with evaluating broad trends and development needs and opportunities in the LEAP area. The committee is comprised of representatives from the following entities:

  • LEAP Steering Committee
  • District 4 and 5 City Council Offices
  • District 4 and 5 Manager Offices
  • Detroit Planning Department
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Detroit Land Bank Authority
  • Detroit Future Cities Implementation Office

The planning committee is responsible for reviewing project proposals, overseeing planning efforts with LEAP Quadrants, and defining a framework for plan development. This framework will include standardized data sets, planning elements, questions asked, parcel survey tools and procedures, and training protocols. The committee is staffed by ECN and co-chaired by District 4, that acts as a technical partner; as well as a resident leader appointed by the Steering Committee.


Blight Elimination Standards

In 2014 we established blight elimination standards to address resident concerns surrounding blight in the community. Created by residents in our community, these standards set requirements for city and investor demolition and blight elimination activities in the community.


Resident Outreach Corps

The Resident Outreach Corps (ROC) is a group of committed residents representing LEAP partner organizations who canvas the LEAP District. ROC's goals are to:

Raise Awareness
Ensure neighbors are informed and know how to actively engage in resolving issues impacting their quality.

Learn Resident Concerns
Actively listen to community concerns and make community leaders and decision-makers aware of residents needs.

Amplify Resident Voice
Ensure residents are engaged in decisions affecting their community.

Build Community Cohesion
Develop strong relationships with neighbors all across the LEAP District, ensuring our residents are informed, connected and empowered.

Develop Community Leaders
ROC participants gain leadership skills in organizing, surveying, and peer-to-peer education that further enhance their ability to act as catalysts for change in their neighborhoods.


For more information, and/or to get involved, contact Orlando Bailey, Director of Community Partnerships, at 313-331-3499 or at obailey@ecn-detroit.org.

 Thousands of eastside Detroiters have been engaged in the LEAP planning process.

Thousands of eastside Detroiters have been engaged in the LEAP planning process.

 ECN Resident Outreach Corps

ECN Resident Outreach Corps