formerly known as Cinnamon Woods
The Germantown Park Community, (formerly known as Cinnamon Woods) was built during the late 1970s and is comprised of 684 quadraplex housing units. Many of them still had the original home exterior comprised of T-1-11 wood, which is a high maintenance material which requires a frequent painting schedule. The community’s original color scheme included rustic hues of brown, gold or burgundy. The colors and wood materials were designed to complement the heavily wooded park environment. However, these exteriors had become worn in appearance and in disrepair over the years.
The Homeowners Association (HOA) is responsible for the exterior of the buildings. To help improve the appearance of the homes they began an exterior home renovation program in 2007 utilizing funds generated from homeowner assessment fees to cover painting costs. Their program includes a voluntary option for the installation of vinyl siding at the home owner’s expense and a requirement that the homeowner repair rotted wood elements on the home exterior and to fences and sheds. These exterior home elements include posts/columns, porch beams, rafters and fascia. Each home was also built with a wood fence and a wood shed.
Through its Focus Neighborhood Assistance Program, the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) established a partnership with the HOA in which the Division of Community Development extended the Department’s Exterior Home Improvement Program to homeowners in the community who were income-eligible for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. DHCA’s Exterior Home Improvement Program at Germantown Park included painting of exterior home trim, installation of vinyl siding, replacement of rotted wood elements with low maintenance cladding, and the repair or replacement of rotted wood fences and sheds.
The project was completed in 2014, after having completed exterior repairs on 121 CDBG eligible homes.
The homeowners association and individual community members have expressed their appreciation for the County’s participation in making significant improvements to the aesthetic appeal of the community.