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Community Development Corporation

"Community development begins in the everyday lives of local people." Margaret Ledwith 2005

The Community Development Corporation serves residents of St. Mary's by promoting public and private investment in communities throughout the County. The Corporation is a catalyst for positive change in communities where commercial and residential redevelopment is needed.

The Corporation was created in 1985. It is an independent, non-profit entity. The Board of the Development Corporation is composed of representatives of the community at large, business, finance, commercial and residential development, the defense contracting community, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, the St. Mary's County Housing Authority, Department of Social Services and Department of Economic and Community Development.

Since 2000, the Development Corporation has focused almost exclusively on commercial revitalization in the older commercial areas of Lexington Park. Projects such as the redevelopment of Lexington Manor and the reconstruction of Great Mills Road are typical of initiatives undertaken by the Corporation to focus federal, state and local resources on enhancing this older area.

Improving older communities throughout St. Mary's County creates an attractive environment for new business growth and helps existing businesses prosper. These actions fuel a stronger and more diverse tax base and increase employment and shopping opportunities for residents County-wide.

A Catalyst for Positive Change

The Development Corporation provides the following services to individuals and businesses.

Contact us:

46940 South Shangri-La Drive, Suite 100
Lexington Park, MD 20653

Joseph D. Carter Multi-Service Center
23110 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Business Loan Guarantee Program - Designed to support start-up or early stage companies with an 80% guarantee for a conventional loan for commercial projects in St. Mary's County.

Lexington Park Property Landscaping Program - Matching grants for landscaping commercial properties located in the Lexington Park Revitalization District.

Redevelopment and Infrastructure Improvement Projects

The Community Development Corporation manages several key projects designed to increase property values, improve traffic flow and the esthetic appeal and overall safety of the older commercial area of Lexington Park.

Lexington Manor Redevelopment Project - A multi-million dollar project designed, in the early phases, to eliminate blight and residential encroachment on Patuxent River Naval Air Station and, in the later phases, to redevelop the 91-acre parcel for commercial and recreational use.

Great Mills Road Streetscape Project - A $4.6 million streetscape and roadway improvement project along a 1.4 mile stretch of Great Mills Road from N. Coral Drive to the entrance of St. Mary's Square. This project will entail the installation of sidewalks, a partial median strip, storm water management, traffic and pedestrian safety improvements, enhanced landscaping and replacement of sewer and water lines within the project scope.

Patuxent Park Roadway Reconstruction Project – A multi-year project starting in 2009 to rebuild roads, sidewalks, storm water inlets and to replace sewer and water lines throughout the Patuxent Park neighborhood.

Pathways to Schools Project - A $400,000 streetscape project designed to compliment the renovation and expansion of the Lexington Park Elementary School. This project entails the construction of sidewalks, decorative lighting and enhanced landscaping along South Shangri-La Drive.

Quality of Life Improvement Projects

The following list is typical of projects that the Corporation has participated in by playing a supportive but significant role to enhance the quality of life, well-being and cultural diversity of our community.

Three Notch Theatre - The establishment of the County's first black-box, community theater. Three Notch is home of the New Towne Players who provide a year-round schedule of performances and community based activities.

Bay District Fire Department and Social Hall - A $6.2 million project to replace and enlarge the 61-year old fire station with a state of the art facility and social hall on newly acquired property in the heart of Lexington Park.

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and Visitor Center - A $12 million project to construct a new 24,000 square foot museum and visitor center to showcase the past, present and future developments in naval aviation technology.

Lexington Park Post Office - The post office opened in July 2000 on land purchased, cleared and prepared by the Development Corporation as part of an earlier project to eliminate commercial blight in the core area of Lexington Park.

Lexington Park Library - A $6.5 million project to construct a new 24,000 square foot community library to replace the former 30-year old structure featuring the County's first coffee bar and full seven day per week library service.

Nicolet, John G. Lancaster & the Great Mills Road Park - New or expanded regional parks that provide the very newest recreational experiences for County residents including a handicapped accessible pool, state-of-the-art skate park and boundless playground.

Keeping the Information Flowing

The Development Corporation assists area business owners and managers to work together to address community issues and concerns.

Great News – A electronic publication distributed to business and property owners to provide information on revitalization activities in and around the Great Mills Road Corridor.

B-Alert Program - Provided directly through the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, the program is designed to increase coordination between the Sheriff's Office and businesses to address crime issues or concerns in and around area businesses.

How to Contact Us

46940 South Shangri-La Drive, Suite 100
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Phone: 301-863-7700

Robin A. Finnacom, President/CEO

Community Development Corporation: 240-725-5786
Jobs Connection Program: 240-725-5785

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