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Our Impact

Here at St. Mary’s CDC, we believe in making a difference. Read below to learn more about the projects we have completed in Lexington Park!

Housing

Through partnerships with Three Oaks, St. Mary’s Housing Authority, and Conifer Realty, St. Mary’s CDC developed its first affordable housing community, Patuxent Cove, to offset just one of the many economic challenges some southern Marylanders face. Construction was completed in mid-2020.

The 60-unit mixed-income housing complex is located off of Pegg Road just outside Gate 1 of Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Units are one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and are priced at market rate and at percentage of income.


Art

St. Mary’s CDC partnered with St. Mary’s Arts Council to implement a number of murals located off of South Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park.

Lexington Park Alive! was the first mural project by the St. Mary’s Community Development Corp. (CDC) in collaboration with the St. Mary’s County Arts Council. The CDC’s Art Park Committee held a contest for design submissions and the winner was Lynn Wescoe.

“Artist Rainbow” combines the faces of famous artists, speakers, poets, orators, a hip hop musician, a street artist, a Piscataway performing artist, and that very famous smiling portrait!

Roz Racanello, St. Mary’s CDC staff artist, was inspired to design the collage after overseeing the installation of the corporation’s first mural Lexington Park Alive!

A competition was held to select four additional Maryland artists to work with Ms. Racanello on “Artist Rainbow” , those selected were Kailee Findlay, Caitlin Jones, Elizabeth Lopez, and Katia Meisinger.

In early spring 2020, Ms. Racanello was compelled to create an homage to the nurses and medical workers battling on the front lines of COVID-19. Ms. Racanello’s nephew, a nurse on the front lines in New York, NY, is both the inspiration and the model for the artwork.

Lexington Park Alive!, 2019
Artist Rainbow, 2019