To promote the continued revitalization of the area's economy by taking remedial actions to eliminate physical, economic and social deterioration of the area; disseminate information and promote interest and community involvement in preserving the area's history, culture, architecture and public use of community assets; and to aid in, work with and participate in the activities of other organizations, individuals and public and private entities to further the above purposes.
Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
H. Bryan Werner
Susan E. Bortz
Annual Memberships are $20 and open to those living or working in the Derry Area School District.
Click on the image above to print a Membership Form and mail it in with your check or money order to the address below.
Derry Area Revitalization Corporation
c/0 Mastrorocco's Market
133 East First Ave
Derry, Pennsylvania 15627
A small group of concerned residents formed the Derry Area Revitalization Corporation (DARCee) in 2009 to help bring new life to Derry Borough, Derry Township and New Alexandria Borough.
In the six months since its inception, DARCee has removed more than 90 tons of debris from what was a highly visible illegal dump on Norfolk Southern Railroad property adjacent to the Leo Street Bridge on Route 217. Seventy-two volunteers gave 483 hours of their time, and individuals and businesses donated supplies and services to enable the cleanup – worth at least $7,000 – to be completed at no cost.
By-Laws for the group were reviewed and accepted in May of 2010. In May we also held a successful “Clean-Up Derry Days” event clearing garbage and shrubbery along the railroad fence line and at Lake Ethel with the help of several community members and a local Girl Scout troop.
Over the past two years we have had a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service, Rivers Trails & Conservation Assistance Program. Peggy Pings, who represents that organization, is helping DARCee to establish a new park and trails system.
We assisted the Borough Council and Mayor in holding a community charette on August 7, 2010, to gather community input on the proposed park and trails system. The charette was paid for by a grant through Westmoreland Community Action under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus monies obtained from the Obama Administration. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council developed an “Idea Book” that summarized the days’ activities.
On September 25, 2010, DARCee set up a booth during Derry Railroad Days where we featured “Hobo Bags,” which were tee-shirts re-purposed to make tote bags as a fundraiser. We also provided information to the community at large about DARCee and our mission.
In October 2010, DARCee reemphasized our adoption of Pennsylvania’s Main Street Program approach under the leadership of John Turack of the Penn State Extension and their association with the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County. Under this template, we set up five committees: Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotions, Organization, and Safe/Clean/Green.
On October 26, 2010, DARCee members and supporters presented the Derry Station Heritage Park & Trail Linkages “Idea Book” to a group from the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative with the hope of gathering further support of a trail through the Chestnut Ridge. DARCee is currently working with the Chestnut Ridge Conservation Landscape Initiative because of these efforts.
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative website .