The Fairmount CDC’s mission is to foster the improvement of the residential, commercial, and social fabric of the Fairmount neighborhood, while preserving its character and diversity. Our service area is bounded by two commercial corridors (Girard & Fairmount Avenues), Fairmount Park,…
The Fairmount CDC’s mission is to foster the improvement of the residential, commercial, and social fabric of the Fairmount neighborhood, while preserving its character and diversity. Our service area is bounded by two commercial corridors (Girard & Fairmount Avenues), Fairmount Park, and the Eastern State Penitentiary (Corinthian Avenue).
The organization was formed in 1999 by a group of civic-minded Fairmount neighbors who sought to take advantage of the neighborhood improvement opportunities by creating a non-profit community development corporation. The organization was awarded non-profit status in 2001 and completed a resident-driven neighborhood plan in 2003. Although Fairmount CDC has remained a small organization, the diversity of the programming and recent accomplishments speak volumes about the capacity and willingness of the Fairmount CDC to get the job done.
While the work of the Fairmount CDC is broad in scope, each project falls into one of four major target areas designed to accomplish our mission which include:
By supporting a local business association, the Greater Art Museum Business Alliance, which is an expansion the Fairmount Area Business Association, we ensure that our neighborhood is an attractive place for appropriate businesses to operate. Furthermore, we provide our local businesses with resources like technical assistance and can connect owners to grant and financing opportunities, depending on their unique needs. Guided by the belief that a strong neighborhood deserves a strong local economy we also help businesses improve their facades as a way to improve the aesthetics of the entire neighborhood.
We work hard to make Fairmount an even more beautiful neighborhood. Aesthetics are important to neighborhood pride, but having a beautiful built environment also increases property values and can deter crime. Some examples of our efforts include revitalizing a pocket park at 31st & Girard, improving residential streetscapes through the Vital Neighborhoods program, and providing dialy street cleaning along West Girard Avenue.
Having a strong neighborhood requires strong citizen participation and engagement. We work with residents and small business owners to plan annual events that highlight our neighborhood’s amenities, plan cleanup days so residents take pride in where they live, and through intensive engagement processes install public art for all to enjoy. We also promote a sustainable Fairmount by sponsoring tree plantings, recycling days, and encouraging storm water management alternatives to our residents.