|"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.
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.
Catalyst for Positive Change
Corporation provides the following services to individuals and
46940 South Shangri-La
Drive, Suite 100
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Joseph D. Carter Multi-Service Center
23110 Leonard Hall
Leonardtown, MD 20650
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
Lexington Park Property Landscaping
Program - Matching grants for landscaping commercial
properties located in the Lexington Park Revitalization
Redevelopment and Infrastructure
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
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
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
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
Quality of Life Improvement
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.
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
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
Development Corporation assists area business owners and
managers to work together to address community issues and
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.
- 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.
46940 South Shangri-La Drive, Suite
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Robin A. Finnacom, President/CEO
Community Development Corporation: 240-725-5786
Jobs Connection Program: 240-725-5785