Launched in 2021, Chesapeake Community Development’s mission is to make our community a better place to live through integrated services, affordable housing, and partnerships with local businesses to create inclusive thriving communities where everyone has access to economic self-sufficiency.
Chesapeake Community Development is leading the development of Port Street Commons in Easton Maryland with The Arc Central Chesapeake Region and Chesapeake Neighbors. The Port Street Commons project will spur much-needed economic development in the historic Port Street district. The investment will include:
The Arc at Port Street
- Community Hub – A gathering space open to the public where people and families The Arc supports can access resources, host support groups, receive family navigation services, and connect. The Community Hub will expand existing employer-based training and support initiatives and create a fully accessible day services space that enables people with significant disabilities and medical issues to access life enrichment programs.
- Behavioral Health Suite – An environment that encourages daily success for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc’s team will support people through mental health counseling and other behavioral health services.
- Office and Training Spaces –The rapid expansion of Eastern Shore programs and services requires additional physical spaces and supports for employees to better respond to community needs. The Arc will also include a dedicated area to educate community members and The Arc’s team of professionals on disability-related issues.
The Residence at Port Street
Affordable/Workforce Housing – Developed and managed in partnership with Chesapeake Neighbors, the site will offer affordable and workforce housing for low- and moderate-income households whether or not they receive services from The Arc.
In addition to the economic impact that developing a 20,000-square-foot mixed-use building will create, Port Street Commons will provide a minimum of 30 new full-time jobs through The Arc, as well as another 10 new positions through other partner organizations. In addition, The Arc anticipates supporting at least 25 new people with intellectual and development disabilities through our workforce development services, supporting them through the interview and hiring processes at businesses across the Mid-Shore.
To learn more about Chesapeake Community Development or the Port Street Commons project, contact Angie DeMoreland, Project Manager.