Founded in 1980, Mt. Airy CDC has a mission to preserve, empower, and enrich a vibrant and diverse Mt. Airy.
The organization got its start in 1980 as the Mt. Airy Village Development Corporation, an outgrowth of a collaboration of East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors who had tired of blighted and dilapidated buildings on Germantown Avenue, the community’s business corridor. The organization initially focused on acquisition and rehabilitation of neglected commercial storefronts along the avenue, transforming them into income-producing properties owned and operated by local neighborhood merchants.
In the 1990s, the organization became known as Mt. Airy USA and added Housing Counseling to its list of services. In 2002, the organization cut the ribbon on its current home, a major commercial building at Germantown Avenue and Phil-Ellena Street housing the organization’s offices, as well as a post office, a bank, a diner, and other tenants rental office space.
In 2019, the organization changed its name to Mt. Airy CDC to better reflect the work it does as a Community Development Corporation. We currently work to fulfill our mission through four program areas: 1) Housing Counseling, 2) Real Estate & Infrastructure, 3) Business Services, and 4) Community Programs.