January 16, 2019

St. Mary's Community Development Corp.

St. Mary’s County Community Development Corp.

Created in 1985, the St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a nonprofit agency promoting public and private investment in St. Mary’s County communities. The Corporation seeks to develop community infrastructure projects designed to reviPreview Changes (opens in a new window)talize and boost investment in commercial and residential neighborhoods.

In Lexington Park, the CDC is seeking to implement infrastructure improvements suggested in the 2016 Lexington Park Development District Master Plan developed by St. Mary’s County Planning Commission and adopted by the St. Mary’s County Commissioners.

In fiscal year 2019 the board continues its work on two infrastructure projects:

Extending Rogers Drive to Willows Road. The extension of Rogers Drive in the Colony Square neighborhood would open a second access to this neighborhood in decline. Increasing the ease of patrol and traffic has proven a successful crime deterrent. Adding an additional access point to Colony Square has been sought and supported by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Dept. The proposed roadbed is drawn into the Lexington Park Master Plan. The extension would align with Rennell Ave. at Willows Road, the entrance to Lancaster Park.

Remaking The Flattops into an Art Park. The CDC is pursuing a public venue for the property that will respect development and density limits and open an original park to the region. A working committee was appointed and found significant potential and interest in developing an ArtsPark.

Included in the park are 200 Japanese Cherry trees, in need of immediate attention, and with their own storied history to be told. The plan being prepared by the committee begins with those cherry trees and a drive to survey them and other museum quality trees in The Flattops and restore them to good health.

To bring attention and support to the park the CDC coordinates an annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Although focused on Lexington Park, MD, St. Mary’s CDC is open to revitalization projects throughout St. Mary’s County.

The Board of the Corporation is composed of representatives of business, community, and service organizations.

  •  Mark Pinekenstein, Compass Systems, Inc., Chairman
  • Phil Riehl, State Farm Insurance, Vice-Chariman
  • Margaret Sawyer, Old Line Bank, Treasurer
  • Mark Dillow, Dean Lumber
  • Carl Franzen, Franzen Realty
  • Gerald Fair, Fair Enterprises
  • Joan Gelrud, Kaiser Permanente
  • Quincy Williams, Cedar Point Federal Credit Union
  • Ex-Officio Members
  • Charles Wood, St. Mary’s County Dept. of Social Services
  • Bonnie Green, The Patuxent Partnership
  • Dennis Nicholson, St. Mary’s County Housing Authority
  • Harry “Lanny” Lancaster, Three Oaks Center
  • Viki Volk, President/CEO


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