During the spring of 1982, City staff and local merchants began discussing the central business district’s need for rejuvenation. From these initial conversations grew the idea of creating an entity to provide the financial resources necessary to assist in the ongoing revitalization efforts. On May 3, 1982, the Maplewood Community Betterment Association was established as a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation.
Enormous progress has been made over the past four decades since the MCBF’s creation. Investments made by the City and local businesses have paid off and vibrancy has returned to our downtown and arterial corridors. Residential property values have risen dramatically, the School District continues to improve its scores and reputation, and the community as a whole has regained its position in the metropolitan region.
The MCBF played a crucial role in revitalizing Maplewood, serving as both a source of funding and a hub for citizens and businesses to work together in addressing issues in the community. Over the years, the MCBF spearheaded initiatives that helped strengthen the economy, build the community, and foster a neighborly spirit, such as:
• Administering a Retail Loan Program
• Performing Beautification Projects
• Surveying the Community
• Holding a Community Block Party
• Organizing House Tours
• Sponsoring Summer Concert Series