Partner Spotlight: Roxborough Development Corporation

Michael Devigne, Executive Director of Roxborough Development Corporation, shares more about what RDC is hoping to do in our neighborhood, including some exciting upcoming events!

The Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC) board, volunteers, and staff have been working hard since 1992 to enhance Ridge Avenue by promoting special events, beautifying and cleaning, helping existing businesses to expand while recruiting new ones, and marketing the business corridor throughout the year.  Our mission is to provide Roxborough residents with high quality shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences.

With over 1000 new residential units already built or in the pipeline, and new businesses moving in every year, Roxborough is experiencing a renaissance.  Take a stroll on the Ridge and you’ll see we have it all – live music and comedy, brews and bites, cannolis and cappuccino, hoagies and haircuts, and international cuisine.

If you want a taste of what Ridge Avenue has to offer, come to one of our many community events.  On Saturday May 7th the Roxborough Springfest and Car Show will host over 100 classic cars , 4 stages with 8 bands, over 50 vendors, 5 food trucks, and family friendly activities.  Join us Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer months for Happy Hours in the Pocket Park.  Grab a pint to go and take a seat while local songsmiths strum popular classics and originals or catch a family friendly flick on movie nights.  Saturday October 8th the RDC will be hosting the 10th annual fall themed Roxtoberfest featuring craft brews, German folk dancing, competitions, children’s activities and more!  And don’t forget Happy Holidays from Roxborough!  Santa and Elsa will be making an appearance once again this year at the Pocket Park Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.  It’s a great time whether you are naughty or nice!

Behind the scenes, RDC’s operations team is keeping the corridor clean and green.  Seasonal planting, tree pit maintenance, street sweeping, power washing, and trash removal are some of the essential services that residents appreciate.  You can always count on our Street Ambassador to give directions, crack a joke, or help you cross the street safely.

In addition to having a tight knit community, Roxborough is also grateful to be supported by a thriving ecosystem of civic associations, volunteer groups and non-profit service providers like North Light Community Center.  The RDC looks forward to partnering with North Light on internship and volunteer opportunities for students.  We recognize the importance of instilling a sense civic pride and responsibility at a young age.  The RDC’s role is to build on the strengths of our community.  Whether you are a small business or a resident, a homeowner or renter, a young professional or retiree, we are all in this together contributing to what makes Roxborough one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Don’t forget to stop by the Roxborough Springfest and Car Show on Saturday, May 7! Stop by the North Light table to find out more about our programs, including Summer Camp!

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