About Bluff City CDC

Bluff City Community Development Corporation is a Tennessee Non-Profit Corporation organized in 1999 to promote, advance, and encourage the development of improvised and distressed communities and those people that reside in those communities through the development of Affordable Housing, Business Development/Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development.

Bluff City Community Development Corporation’s mission is to create viable communities by providing quality affordable housing to households who would otherwise not be able to live in quality affordable housing due to no fault of their own, or past mistakes or past bad decisions that have caused them to have limited housing options, therefore, keeping them in the cycle of poverty which often leads to homelessness.

Bluff City Community Development Corporation believes that the foundation of any community is its housing; more specifically the condition of a community’s housing.  The more decent, safe, and sanitary a community’s housing, the better the grocery stores, restaurants, social services, shopping centers, and schools.  Housing conditions have been linked to children’s success rates in school.  The better a child’s living (housing) conditions, statistically the better a child will do in school.  The more substandard a child’s living (housing) conditions, statistically the worst a child will do in school. This is why Bluff City Community Development Corporation has focused the majority of our efforts into working on housing related community issues.

Executive Management

Carl Mabry

President / Executive Director

The President/Executive Director of Bluff City Community Development Corporation is Carl Mabry.  Carl has over 25 years of experience in the affordable housing industry which includes over 23 years of experience in property management, and over 18 years of experience in affordable housing development.  Carl previously served as Director of Compliance Services for LEDIC Management Group, Inc. which is a regional 100% fee-based Management Company headquartered in Memphis, TN. He was responsible for maintaining tax credit and tax-exempt bond compliance for all of LEDIC’s affordable housing communities, which at one time was over 25,000 units.  Carl also served in other capacities at LEDIC Management Group, Inc. performing such roles as asset management and Senior Operational Auditor.   Carl also was formerly with Memphis Housing Authority in which he was responsible for conducting operational and compliance audits of the Section 8 and Conventional Housing programs, and monitoring the housing authority’s Public Housing Management Assessment Program’s (PHMAP) scores that were used by HUD to assess management efficiency and effectiveness.

Vanecia Belser Kimbrow, Esq.

Vice President/General Counsel

Attorney Kimbrow is often sought as counsel and a speaker on issues related to business structure, contract formulation, government contracting, public/private and mezzanine financing, diversity consultation, project development, and public policy issues.  Formerly she served as local counsel and MWBE Consultant for the New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority whereby she delivered the largest minority participation ratios ever achieved on a public funded project in the City of Memphis.

She has gained a reputation as a competent and tenacious advocate for the disenfranchised and often serves as pro bono counsel for community-based groups such as the Bailey Station Association, a group of elder individuals that own fifty-two acres of land across from the Federal Express Complex on Bailey Station Road.

Notable clients and projects include The City of Memphis- Office of Code Enforcement; Heritage Development Partners, LLC; Bailey Station P.D., Lyons Ridge Apartments; Harmony Woods Apartments, LP; April Woods Apartments East and West, LP; Eagles Landing Apartments, LP; Ruby Oaks Apartments, Bickford Place Apartments,  Lamar Apartments, LP, Solid Rock Christian Church,  McLean Baptist Church, LeMoyne-Owen College CDC, Orange Mound CDC, Greater Binghamton CDC, New Chicago Park Project, and the Cogic Fowler Development many of which are THDA LIHTC tax credit developments.  Attorney Kimbrow has over 25 years experience in the affordable housing industry and in addition, she has served as co-counsel for two HUD Hope VI projects, The Uptown Development, and the Lamar Terrace / University Place Development.