The Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation (“Metro SD CDC”) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that serves Uptown, including the communities of Bankers Hill/Park West; Five Points/Middletown; and the western slope neighborhoods of Mission Hills. Uptown business and community organizations affiliated under the corporate non-profit umbrella of the Metro SD CDC include the Bankers Hill Business Association; Five Points/Middletown Business Association; Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association; Western Slope Community Association; additional Uptown community organizations represented on the Metro San Diego CDC Board of Directors are the Hillcrest Business Association and University Heights Community Development Corporation.
Originally formed in 2008 as the Bankers Hill/Park West Community Development Corporation, the CDC had a founding Charter Committee of over 40 members; consisting of commercial and residential property owners, businesses, and non-profit institutions who represented over 20 full-blocks of the Bankers Hill/Park West community. Among the projects the CDC advanced in Bankers Hill/Park West was the acquisition and development of the Olive Street Park (“Woods McKee Park”) at Third Avenue and Olive Street; and installation of enhanced lighting and other streetscape improvements along Fifth Avenue. Subsequently, additional Uptown community organizations became affiliated with the CDC, and in 2012 it changed its name to the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation to reflect the larger geographic area it served in Uptown.
The Metro SD CDC has been an active co-sponsor of the annual Taste of Bankers Hill, Bankers Hill Arts & Craft Beer Festival, and Old Town Charter School fund-raising event in Middletown. It has also worked closely with Balboa Park institutions to address issues regarding Balboa Park, and has otherwise been involved in contributing to the betterment of Uptown.