History

Our Purpose

The Holly City Development Corporation (HCDC) was founded 1998 as a community development non-profit¬† by the the Millville Housing Authority.¬†Today, the HCDC is an independent, 501(c)3) organization working on multiple projects to revitalize the central core of the City. Its’ target area is the 38 blocks that include the Maurice River Waterfront, Glasstown Arts District, and the neighborhood that surrounds these landmarks. HDCD serves as a positive example of partnership, resource development, and creativity in place-based community development.

HCDC in 2014 was designated as a recipient of New Jersey Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credits. This designation has to date provided nearly $2 million in resources for economic and community development projects in the neighborhood, including the recently opened Arts and Innovation Center and the Creative Enterprise Center, located in the downtown Glasstown Arts District. In addition to these projects, the tax credit funding has permitted the development of:

  • Housing Rehabilitation Projects-11 homeowner projects

  • Neighborhood Improvement Grants- 10 currently approved

  • Purchase of 2 homes for resale to homeowners

  • Acquisition and demolition of 6 deteriorated, unsafe properties

  • Ongoing Neighborhood events and activities

  • Civic Lab project with Lakeside Middle School

  • Creation of 3 murals downtown

Holly City is also lead convener in a family strengthening program linking four collaborative partners in programs that assist families in planning for a solid future. This program is funded by the Pascale Sykes Foundation.

Holly City has also received state housing funds for housing construction and rehabilitation, seed and project based funding from NJ Community Capital, technical assistance from Cumberland County Improvement Authority, and seed funding for the Millville Neighborhood Alliance Initiative from the Cumberland Empowerment Zone and the Joseph Carley Foundation.