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Reinvesting in Edgewood Commons

Hope springs to life as the future of Edgewood Commons (formerly Edgewood Terrace) develops over the course of the next five years with CPDC’s renovation plans. Below you can read a bit of history about the Edgewood community, the exciting new changes occurring, and learn about the many ways CPDC is helping Edgewood residents and partners grow and thrive.

Join us in this special journey as we create a mixed income community that is open, vibrant, and engaged!

The Man Behind Our Mission

Learn more about our Founder Eugene Ford and his vision for the Edgewood community which has spanned generations of residents.

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The Edgewood Campus Today

In this section, you can browse our community buildings at Edgewood Commons, learn more about these vibrant properties and see our plans for the future.

Edgewood Commons I
The Vantage and The Parke


292 Units
Purchased 1994

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Edgewood Commons II
Edgewood Gardens


42 Units
Purchased 1999

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Edgewood Commons III
The View (Seniors)


200 Units
Purchased 2001

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Edgewood Commons IV
The Vista


258 Units
Purchased 2001

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The Concept


  • Remove barriers and connect the campus
  • Create visibly pleasant open space
  • Create places people want to use
  • Provide more play space
  • Improved security and lighting
  • Brighter, contemporary common areas

The Next Five Years


Edgewood Commons IV
Summer to December 2014

Edgewood Commons I
Fall 2014 to Spring 2016

Edgewood Commons III
2017 refinance and renovation

Edgewood Commons IV
2018 refinance and bigger renovation (may include Edgewood II)

Edgewood Commons V
2018 Potential new construction



Our Edgewood Events



Creating a Healthy Mixed Income Community


Very low income
Renew HUD project-based rental assistance contract for 20 years

Low income
Use tax credits to preserve affordability for low income residents for 30 years (up to 60% AMI)

Moderate income
Maintain housing for households who might otherwise be priced out of the neighborhood (up to 80% AMI at both Edgewood Commons I and Edgewood Commons IV)



The ONE Edgewood Network


What is our hypothesis?

IF residents connect to each other and CPDC staff in stronger and mutually supportive relationships THEN there is increased capacity for shared responsibility for quality of life

What is the ONE Edgewood Network?

Intentional spaces, practices, and opportunities for mutual exchange, supportive relationships, and collaborative action

A network of residents that connects neighbors to create:

  • Higher quality of life
  • Greater and deeper sense of community through shared resources and mutual support

Why a network?

It is a more open form designed to facilitate multiple paths to collective value. It draws energy from the contribution of the “best stuff” from multiple parties.

How do we measure progress?

What early indicators of progress are we focusing on?

  • Increased participation and quality of interactions at Network Nights
  • More resident led initiatives
  • Increased number of self-directed action steps from residents to improve the physical and social environment
  • Number of residents/property management staff reporting inclusive attitudes and respect between residents, CPDC, and property management
  • Increased number of events

Current & Future Initiatives


There are a range of activities and events at Edgewood Commons including:

  • Monthly network nights (marketplace & table topics)
  • Community chats
  • Indoor and outdoor hydroponic gardens
  • Mutual support circles
  • Resident led initiatives
  • Flea markets
  • Crochet and knitting workshops
  • Movie nights
  • Holiday events
  • Music in the garden
  • Mural arts project
  • Latino family outreach


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Edgewood Commons News

Our New Leadership: Re-crafting the Future

CPDC’s Turning Point (2005-2010) Tribute #6 – Our New Leadership:  Re-crafting the Future In 2005, CPDC appointed J. Michael Pitchford as President and CEO.  Pitchford immediately began tackling fiscal planning for the organization, and, notably, identified and closed a $1 million gap in operating expenses.  While CPDC had already...

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Our Backbone: Collaborating for Success

CPDC’s Formative Years (1989-2004) Tribute #5 – Our Backbone: Collaborating for Success During its formative years, CPDC established its competitive advantage by offering innovative programs and services across several of its communities, most notably high-tech education solutions at Edgewood Terrace.  And while innovation represented one side of the coin, collaboration represented the...

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Our Competitive Advantage: Providing Technology, Education, Youth Development, and Senior Solutions

CPDC’s Formative Years (1989-2004) Tribute #4 – Our Competitive Advantage:  Providing Technology, Education, Youth Development, and Senior Solutions When CPDC created the Gateway @Edgewood Terrace, the organization was in essence working to minimize the “digital divide” – the gap that exists between those who have ready access to computers and...

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Our Flagship: Transforming the Edgewood Terrace Community

CPDC’s Formative Years (1989-2004) Tribute #3 – Our Flagship:  Transforming the Edgewood Terrace Community In the early 1990s, at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, Edgewood Terrace served as one of the largest drug markets in the district.  The neighborhood was known by many as “Little Beirut” because...

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Our Portfolio: Building the Real Estate Development Pipeline

CPDC’s Formative Years (1989-2004) Tribute #2 – Our Portfolio:  Building the Real Estate Development Pipeline Following its formation in 1989, CPDC’s former president Leslie Steen and her development team worked vigorously to build the organization’s real estate development pipeline.  Acquiring over 18 properties in the period between 1989 –...

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