To transform our community through transformed lives.
Our community development efforts have significantly affected the lives of our many neighbors. Although the Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Community Development Corporation (FABCDC) serves all of the Davidson County, MSA, our impact is highly visible in a two-block area within our immediate neighborhood. This area is between Jefferson Street and Scovel Street bordered by 10th Ave. N. and 11th Ave. N.
In collaboration with the North Nashville Community Development Corporation, Metropolitan Development and Housing Association (MDHA), and the Mayor’s Office, FABCDC built the 942 Jefferson Street Building.
This development transformed a dilapidated car wash known for criminal activity into a beautiful 18,000 square foot mixed-used project with 6,000 square feet of office and retail space on the ground floor and 12 one- and two- bedroom rental apartments on the second and third floors.
The 942 Jefferson Street building serves as an important catalyst for further development along the Jefferson St. corridor.
On Scovel Street, FABCDC sponsored the development of a Department of Housing Development Section 202 senior housing project, the Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Village Manor, which provides an important community for senior citizens. There are 25 affordable one-bedroom independent housing apartments. Across the street from Village Manor, FABCDC has built 2 single-family homes. At the time, these first-time home buyers were encouraged to participate in FABCDC’s home buyer education program.
FABCDC will continue to develop and advocate for affordable housing, expand workforce development programming, and provide financial management and home buyer education classes to our neighbors.
The Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Community Development Corporation (FABCDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by the Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. For almost 125 years, the Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church has been an invaluable presence in the North Nashville community. When many growing congregations were faced with the dilemma of remaining in the inner-city or moving to the suburbs, Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church voted unanimously not only to remain in town, but to be an agent for transformational development in North Nashville. Incorporation papers were filled in March 1999 and FABCDC became an incorporated entity in the state of Tennessee effective April 16, 1999 to fulfill this mandate.
The history of the FABCDC is rooted in its long-standing commitment to fulfill “the Word becoming flesh and moving into the neighborhood” (John 1:14, The Message). We embrace a holistic and logical approach to community economnic development in which we invest in people through long-term relationships, while attending to the multiple needs they may have.
- Graduated approximately 70 men and women from the Career Express Program, which was featured in the July-August 2008 edition of Tennessee Road Builder, the official publication of the Tennessee Road Builders Association. About 70% of graduates from the first two classes have been placed in jobs.
- Collaborated with the North Nashville CDC, MDHA, and the Mayor’s Office to build the 942 Jefferson Street building. Currently manages this $2.4 million commercial and residential complex.
- Built a HUD Section 202 senior housing project, Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Village Manor, providing 25 affordable one-bedroom units for senior citizens.
- Partnered with the Federal Home Loan Bank and Capital Bank and Trust of Nashville to build 6 single-family homes purchased by families in Davidson County (50% of whom were enrolled in our home ownership classes).
- Taught financial management and THDA approved homebuyer education classes to more than 250 households.
- Expanded Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to serve 126 households who claimed $59,834 in federal refunds in 2008.