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    Information About Our Programs

    Community Development & Revitalization

    CKAR implements best practices to revitalize the Greater Riverdale Maryland area.

    CKAR delivers the “Sustainable Community” designation to Greater Riverdale.

    CKAR CDC is dedicated to participatory community revitalization. We support small businesses and developers in their efforts to enhance economic growth in Greater Riverdale and better serve our community. CKAR CDC is committed to equitable development that maintains housing diversity and brings new retail options to residents. Some of the services that CKAR CDC can provide to developers include:

    • Helping you learn about and tour investment opportunities in Greater Riverdale

    • Finding state and local tax incentives for your project 

    • Supplying community expertise and information about market conditions and land use rules 

    • Organizing community input for your project

    • Partnering with you on your revitalization effort, providing additional financing opportunities and community support

    • Managing your revitalization effort, by providing planning and coordination to achieve your vision”

    Community Revitalization Projects

    • East Riverdale – Beacon Heights Sector Plan Implementation

    • Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI)

    • Purple Line Community Advisory Team

    • Kenilworth Avenue & MD 410 Corridors

    • 2018 Greater Riverdale Business Guide

    • Business Sustainment & Development

    The Steering Committee worked In Collaboration with Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission/Community Planning to develop the East Riverdale Beacon Heights Sector Plan.

    In spring 2007, the Templeton Knolls Civic Association, in cooperation with the Neighborhood Design Center, applied to the M-NCPPC Community Planning Division to implement a collaborative community planning process that included the Town of Riverdale Park, critical stakeholders, community and civic leaders. This effort turned into a thriving, collaborative 501(c)(3) called Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation (CKAR CDC).

    Community Engagement and collaboration is at the heart of CKAR’s mission to promote the social, environmental and economic development of Greater Riverdale.

    Greater Riverdale: A Growing Community

    Courtesy of Neighborhood Design Center

    Greater Riverdale is a vibrant, diverse community, closely located to the University of Maryland College Park. The neighborhood provides an easy commute to DC, and the incoming Purple Line opens up new connections across the region. Riverdale’s small businesses are a regional draw for the Latino community, and the plentiful nature trails and affordable housing provide a unique home to Riverdale’s growing population of young families. A portion of Greater Riverdale falls within an Opportunity Zone.

    • Total Population: 36,510 people with over 100 languages spoken

    • Total Occupied Housing Units: 9,701

    • Number of Jobs: 13,411

    • Median Household Income: $66,842

    Benefits of Opportunity Zones

    A portion of the Greater Riverdale communities are in Opportunity Zones. There are 3 federal tax incentives for investing in an Opportunity Zone:

    • Temporarily defer paying taxes on capital gains reinvested into an Opportunity Fund.

    • Reduce capital gains tax on original investment. This benefit increases the longer an investment is held in the Opportunity Fund from 10% at 5 years to 15% at 7 years.

    • If investment is held for 10 years, appreciation on the gains becomes tax-free.

    Maryland has a unique state program to further incentivize development in Opportunity Zones. Developers are eligible for the More Jobs for Marylanders program, which provides a state fee waiver, property tax credit and an income tax credit for job creation.

    Transforming Our Community
    Better Lives, Better Communities, Better Businesses

    How Profits Grow in an Opportunity Zone

    If a $100,000 capital gain is invested in an Opportunity Zone project, the amount subject to tax falls if the owner waits before selling

    Additional Incentives

    Greater Riverdale is a state designated Sustainable Community. By collaborating with CKAR CDC, this status means that CKAR CDC is able to bring additional resources to development projects that qualify for additional state incentives and gap financing, including:

    • Community Legacy Program

    • Community Tax Credits

    • Neighborhood Business Works

    The Kaiser Permanente Place-Based Initiative and Prince George’s County Transforming Neighborhood Initiative coupled with the Greater Riverdale Opportunity Zones, thereby adding additional future value to the community.

    Prince George’s County offers additional revitalization incentives, including:

    • Revitalization Tax Credit

    • Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)

    Greater Riverdale Housing Fact Sheet:
    A Growing Need for Affordable Housing

    3 Myths about Affordable Housing

    • There is already enough affordable housing in Prince George’s County.
      Truth: Between 2000 and 2015, median rent in the county went up by one-third, while median income decreased. The supply of quality affordable housing is shrinking, and the Purple Line increases the risk of displacement and homelessness in Greater Riverdale.

    • Other issues are more important than affordable housing.
      Truth: In order for Riverdale residents to benefit from the opportunities that the Purple Line will bring, we need to be able to stay in our community. Studies have also shown that affordable housing improves health and educational outcomes, by giving people a stronger foundation for success.

    • Affordable housing makes neighborhoods more dangerous.
      Truth: Affordable housing tends to decrease crime rates, as well as increasing neighboring property values. Mixed-rate housing and Mixed-use developments provide residents with improved access to stores and amenities, and also open up new job opportunities.

    Actions You Can Take

    • Advocate for the kind of development you want to see in Greater Riverdale. Work with CKAR in its call for inclusive zoning in new construction.

    • Provide input for the Purple Line Corridor Coalition’s recommendations on affordable housing in our region.

    • Support policies that protect and create quality affordable housing.

    • Seek out resources for tenants and homebuyers, in order to prevent displacement.

    Greater Riverdale Quick FACTS

    • 43% of units are Renter Occupied

    • Majority of rental units cost between $1000 and $1499 per month

    • 56% of renters are cost-burdened (spend >30% income on rent)

    • 12% of units are overcrowded

    • Population of 36,510 in 2015, with 28% growth since 1990

    CKAR is a 2020 Census Subcommittee Member

    CKAR is a member of the 2020 Non-Profit & Community-Based Organization Subcommittee that collaborates with community organizations to inform residents of the importance of participating in the 2020 Census.

    By law, every 10 years the U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. Your participation determines representation and how billions in federal funds are distributed. If our community is undercounted, friends and neighbors miss out on an estimated $18,250 per person over a 10-year period. Statewide, that’s a total of $26.6 billion over a 10-year period.

    Complete Count Committees (CCC) are volunteer committees established by tribal, state, and local governments and community leaders or organizations to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. CCCs serve as state and local “census ambassador” groups that play an integral part in ensuring a complete and accurate count of the community in the 2020 Census. Success of the census depends on community involvement at every level. The U.S. Census Bureau cannot conduct the 2020 Census alone.

    Hard to Count Groups

    Hard to Count (HTC) groups or populations who have historically been undercounted and/or traditionally have not responded well to the decennial census questionnaire, such as ethnicity/minority populations, renters, and low income households. CKAR services residents in many of the (HTC) areas and we are endeavoring to get the most accurate count possible for our communities in an attempt to avoid any negative impact by an undercount.

    Edmonston Road Rain Garden

    A storm water waste management project that CKAR will continue to maintain. This picture is the environmentally sensitive gateway to be created through our partnership with County Department of Public Works, M-NCPPC/Parks and UMD/School of Landscape Architecture. It will provide an aesthetic appeal, environmental education by the use of a forest edge garden, infiltration, plantings, benches, bi-lingual signage, new sidewalks, a new bus stop shelter, permeable paving and lighting.


    • University of Maryland School of Landscape Architecture

    • Prince George’s County Department of the Environment

    • Prince George’s County Department of Public Works

    Tree Canopy Project

    Planting of over 120 trees was completed in June 2017. Community residents requested trees, CKAR assisted the resident with right tree/right place, planted and mulched the tree and only required that the resident continued to water and care for the tree. In spring of 2018 CKAR began and completed the 2nd phase of planting 300 trees on residential and business properties in an expanded geographic area.

    CKAR hired a local minority tree business, Mac & Sons Tree Experts, to plant trees for the residents. CKAR contracted with Community-Based Communications to work with the property owners to determine best tree and the right placement on their sites.


    CKAR planted 19 trees for residents in the Greater Riverdale communities on Earth Day. Earth Day network works year round to solve climate change, to end plastic pollution, to protect endangered species, and to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe.

    We proudly participate in this effort that is making a cleaner and safer environment for our communities.

    Upcoming Programs

    Workforce & Housing:

    • Culinary Arts Training Program

    • Financial Literacy and Budgeting Workshop

    • Resume and Interview Assistance

    • Career Exploration for Middle and High School Students

    • Small Business Meet-Ups

    • Business Directory

    • Entrepreneurship Workshops

    • Home-Buying Seminars

    • Tenants’ Rights Education

    • Home Repair Program

    Health & Wellness:

    • Primary Care Screenings

    • Food Pantry

    • Cooking Demonstrations and Nutrition Workshops

    • Chronic Disease Self-Management

    • Stress Management Workshops

    • Caregiver Support Groups

    • Health Navigation

    • Anger Management Courses

    Community Unity :

    • Sarvis Empowerment Café – A New Gathering Place

    • Live Music and Entertainment

    • Community Game Night

    • After-school Art Program

    HOPE tracks 28 life course indicators. Data is analyzed by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. These measures reflect the systems and policies that affect health equity, highlighting existing disparities and pointing a path forward for improvement. These indicators were chosen as they represent aspects of life that impact health. HOPE measures offer guidance to policymakers and community leaders on strengths and gaps in opportunity.

    The HOPE Initiative in Greater Riverdale

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      • (240) 608-CKAR
      • 240-770-4938 (fax)
      • 6801 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 203
        Riverdale Park, Maryland 20737