The 3rd annual spring Re-imagining Maplewood Mall Festival will take place on Maplewood Mall (between Germantown Avenue and Greene Streets) on Saturday, May 30th (rain date June 6th), from 12pm to 5:00pm. This free event will offer live music, food from restaurants in and around the Mall (Flower Café, K&J Caribbean, and Little Jimmies), locally made arts and crafts vendors, and entertainment for children.
Eight District Councilwoman Cindy Bass has announced that she will use $2.2 million in Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (“NTI”) funds to stabilize the historic Germantown YWCA building. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is also providing additional funds to rehab the property, totaling approximately $4 million of investment, as reported in The Philadelphia Inquirer. In her news release, Councilwoman Bass addresses rising community concern about development in the neighborhood. The full text of Councilwoman Bass’ statement follows below.
As a result of our annual Board Retreat in October of this past year, Germantown United CDC (GUCDC) decided to adopt the National Main Street model as a way to guide our work as the commercial corridor manager. The Main Street Approach, a 4 point strategy to revitalize commercial corridors through community input and collaboration, was developed by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
We would like to thank all who attended the meeting about the redevelopment of the YWCA Building including Brian Abernathy from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), Councilwoman Cindy Bass, and all the presenters, including members of the community, Center in the Park, Mission First Housing, and Philly Office Retail. From the meeting about the YWCA, we learned that an expedited L&I building inspection was being requested by PRA and the Councilwoman’s office. As soon as we learn the results we will publish it on this site. If you missed the meeting or want to revisit the conversation, watch the complete video of the event and view the agenda after the jump.
Germantown United CDC (“GU”) recently learned that the old YWCA building on Germantown Avenue, adjacent to Vernon Park, may be threatened with demolition. Please join us and other community groups, including Germantown Community Connection, for a meeting at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (“FUMCOG”) on January 22, 2015, 6:30pm, to hear about the threat to this significant historic centerpiece in Germantown’s “Town Center” and the proposal on the table that may save it.