Join JEI’s board of directors, partners, and staff at the 2018 annual luncheon to celebrate our success and impact along the east Jefferson corridor.
Maelene J. Myers, Executive Director
East Liberty Development, Inc. (ELDI)
Celebrating 22 years of service as the Executive Director of East Liberty Development, Inc. - (ELDI – A Community Development Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA) – Ms. Myers has worked tirelessly towards the revitalization of East Liberty. She is responsible for the overall operation of the corporation including commercial facilitation, residential real estate development, long-range planning, and community engagement.
Prior to urban renewal, the East Liberty commercial district was the third largest business district in the Commonwealth – behind only downtown Philadelphia and downtown Pittsburgh. The demolition of two million square feet of real estate and the creation of a one-way ring road surrounded by surface parking lots devastated East Liberty’s commercial core. The three residential high-rises that were built to anchor the district failed miserably and by the 1990’s became housing of last resort. HUD ultimately deemed these high-rises obsolete and forced their demolition beginning in 2005.
ELDI has partnered/co-developed over 500 mixed income for sale/rental housing units. In addition, ELDI has secured a growing portfolio of 125 properties for future developments. ELDI’s effort in economic revitalization including raising over 30 million dollars of financing for commercial developments, which has resulted in, jobs creation for east area residents. With new retailers such as Home Depot and Whole Foods Market, East Liberty is once again on its way to becoming an East End shopping designation.
Community support for ELDI is increasingly strong as the result of ELDI’s leadership role in initiating and implementing the community plan. The participation of the organization with other local groups and businesses in worthwhile projects reflects its commitment to coordinated efforts and strategies.