The Clarksville Community Development Corporation (CCDC) is a non-profit, IRS tax-exempt, neighborhood-based organization. It was established nearly 40 years ago after the construction of Mopac wiped out one-third of historic Clarksville, destroying homes and displacing many families with deep roots in the neighborhood. Since its establishment, the CCDC has played a vital role in Clarksville.

 
What We Do

The CCDC fosters a sense of community in Clarksville. Historically, Clarksville has been a tight-knit community. We help keep that sense of community alive through the events we organize for the neighborhood each year. Those events include:

  • Family Fun Fest
  • Ice cream social
  • Spring and Fall Potlucks in the Park

The Clarksville Community Garden is another example of our efforts to bring Clarksville residents together.

The CCDC has also raised funds for improvements to Mary Frances Baylor Park, including the splash pad and shade structure.

And, we own and manage the Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center and make the building available as a community meeting space. The CCDC board of directors as well as the OWANA Steering Committee hold their monthly meetings there.

We help keep Clarksville’s unique history alive.

We help preserve historically-contributing structures in the neighborhood by working with property owners and testifying before City boards and commissions and the City Council. Also, we recently completed a walking tour brochure for historic Clarksville, which we hope to get printed in early 2011.

We obtained grants from the Texas Historic Commission and the Austin Conventions and Visitors Bureau to rehabilitate the historic Haskell House, which is located on dedicated parkland at 1703 Waterston. The simple Cumberland-style home was built in 1865 by Peter Tucker, a freed slave. Despite the home’s historic significance, the city had allowed the property to deteriorate and had no plans to save it. So the CCDC stepped in. Today, the organization has a long-term lease with the City to manage the property. The Clarksville Community Garden is behind the house.

The CCDC worked with the Friends of the Austin History Center and Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church on an event to highlight the connection between the Pease Family and Clarksville. As part of the event, the CCDC and neighborhood volunteers hosted a reception on the grounds of the Haskell House.

The organization keeps Clarksville ethnically and economically diverse through its affordable housing program.

Currently, we own and manage 9 affordable properties and provide housing to 13 families.


The CCDC Board of Directors

The CCDC is governed by a 9-person volunteer board of directors. Each board member serves a two-year term, with 5 directors elected prior to the Annual Meeting (held each April) of even-numbered years, the remaining 4 elected in odd-numbered years. Board members must be CCDC members.

Board members manage projects and events for the benefit of Clarksville, set policy for the organization’s affordable housing program, and direct the activities of the CCDC’s part time property/project manager. They also advocate for the neighborhood before the City Council and City boards and commissions.

CCDC Board Members

CCDC Meetings

The CCDC board meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center, located at 1807 West 11th Street. Meetings begin at 6:30 PM and are open to the public. An agenda for each upcoming meet is posted on community bulletin board at Fresh Plus and outside the Neighborhood Center.

The Board holds an Annual Meeting on the third Tuesday in April (prior to the monthly meeting) at which time the president presents a report on the board’s annual activities, and the treasurer reports on the state of CCDC’s finances.

Membership

In order to participate in the election of the CCDC Board of Directors, or to serve on the Board of Directors, you must be a member. To qualify for membership, you must currently reside in Clarksville, or have lived here in the past, and be at least 18 years old. Membership applications must be received (or postmarked) by the first Tuesday in April in order to be able to vote in the April election. The membership application can downloaded by clicking the PDF icon below. Since an original signature is required, it cannot be filled out and submitted online. For questions concerning membership, contact Kim O’Brien at kkronzer@aol.com.


Contact Us

Write to the CCDC board of directors at: P.O. Box 5975, Austin, Texas 78763

For information about our affordable housing program, contact Rose Gabriel at Clarksvillecdc@gmail.com

To join the CCDC Clarksville listserv go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ClarksvilleCDC