New Chicago Community Development Corporation
1036 Firestone
Memphis TN 38107





To Restore New Chicago to a viable, economically stable, and physically enhanced Neighborhood.

The New Chicago Community Development Corporation (NCCDC) is organized to restore the New Chicago Community to a viable, economically stable, and physically enhanced neighborhood. To accomplish this NCCDC will undertake the development of affordable housing, economic development and social enhancement activities.

NCCDC organizes clean up campaigns, publishes a community newsletter, and was awarded a grant to construct community identity signs.


The neighborhood boundaries are Chelsea, Watkins, Levee Rd, and Thomas. CLICK HERE to get boundary map.


NCCDC since it inception in 1999 has worked to increase awareness and knowledge of issues of concern to neighborhood residents and business owners. In 2005, NCCDC completed its first affordable housing project. During this project a house at 1246 Louisville, which had been vacant for several years was acquired. NCCDC was awarded a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) grant to renovate the property. The property was successfully renovated and rented to an income eligible family. NCCDC top priority is to continue to provide quality, descent, safe affordable housing.


In 2002 NCCDC was donated the former Firestone Union Hall located at 1036 Firestone. The Union Hall is a 12,000 square two story office building that includes a 4,000 square foot Auditorium. NCCDC has moved it offices into the facility. The City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development have awarded a $599,000 grant to renovate the facility into the Matthew R. Davis Community Resource Center. The Center opened in the fall of 2008.

The resource center allows the community to use community owned and controlled meeting space. There is a computer learning lab to help residents enhanced there computer skills.

The Center is the focal point for New Chicago Civic activities:

  • Residents vote at the Center
  • 40th Ward civic club meeting
  • 40th Ward commodity program
  • Firestone Retiree Meeting
  • New Chicago CDC meeting
  • NCCDC VITA Site (Free Tax Preparation)
  • Free community meeting space
  • Community Computer Lab
  • Banquet / Party room for rent

The Center is named in Honor of Mr. Matthew R. Davis a great New Chicago Resident, Firestone Retiree, Civic leader, and community activist.


Affordable Housing Initiative
This program provides affordable housing for income eligible individuals and families. NCCDC provides Rental Housing, Single Family Homes, Duplex Homes and Apartment Homes. NCCDC provides assistance in the home buying process in the following areas: Pre and Post Home ownership counseling, Financial Literacy Classes, Development of new and rehabilitated affordable homes for sale.

New Chicago Entrepreneurial Academy
NCCDC works with entrepreneurs to establish and grow a business. Technical assistance is provided in the areas of business plan development, financial management and SBA Loan packaging. The following resources are available to aspiring entrepreneurs:

• Desk space
• Meeting space
• Phone lines
• Message Center
• Fax
• Internet
• Computers (Microsoft Office & QuickBooks)
• Receptionist

The Academy has office space available to accommodate individual, small and medium size business. The academy lease rates are below market rates and provide the business with a professional office that allows there to concentrate on growing their business.

Academic Enrichment Program
NCCDC is working with the community to provide a computer based learning for students. Assistance will be provided for after-school tutoring and preparation for TCAP and other standardized tests.

Students that use the lab must agree to visit an academic focused website for a minimum of thirty minutes each time they visit the lab. There is no charge for use of the computers lab The lab is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 a. m to 3:00.p.m

Helpful Links:

Boundary Map