Planning for the City of Philadelphia’s Upper Northwest District Plan, which includes Germantown, kicks off Monday, January 8. The plan will address topics like: Housing; Jobs and businesses; Zoning (regulates what can be built where); Transportation; Rec centers, parks, other city-owned properties; Protecting historic buildings and sites; And more! How do you want to see Germantown grow and prosper? Be there to attend and share your vision.
Germantown United Community Development Corporation A Finalist For National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant
As a finalist in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign, Germantown United Community Development Corporation encourages the public to visit VoteYourMainStreet.org/Germantown to help Germantown United CDC secure funding to preserve two buildings on Germantown Avenue’s business corridor: Parker Hall (5801 Germantown Ave) and John Trower’s building (5706 Germantown Ave). Germantown is the only neighborhood in Philadelphia and the entire state of Pennsylvania participating in this competition. With the awarded funds, this project will provide necessary facade and structural improvements to these two significant 20th-century African-American historic sites.
We at Germantown United CDC are thrilled to announce that we are moving into our first storefront office located at 5320 Germantown Ave, at the corner of W Penn Street. This space that has been vacant for nearly a year.
Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) has retained Real Estate Strategies, Inc. (RES) to conduct a market study and develop a revitalization strategy for the Chelten Avenue commercial corridor in Germantown. GUCDC is actively working to bolster and reinforce the vibrancy of Chelten Avenue to meet the needs of the surrounding community, attract visitors from outside the immediate neighborhood, and provide employment opportunities for neighborhood residents. Read more.
You’re invited to an interactive workshop that will help shape the future of West Chelten Avenue. Residents, business owners, and other stakeholders will be asked to contribute their local knowledge and ideas towards building a collective vision of this commercial corridor. Your participation is critical to the success of this project! Presented by Germantown United CDC and the American Planning Association. Our project will take place during the week of May 16-20, 2016 and include two public events on May 16 and May 19. Learn more.
Parks can be a powerful tool to rescue struggling commercial areas. Pulitzer prize-winning writer Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, recently visited Germantown to tour the newly renovated Vernon Park, which fronts Germantown’s central business district. Read her take on the park’s comeback, neighborhood revitalization, and rising development in Germantown.
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.
At Maplewood Mall block party, opinions vary about upcoming $2.2 million redesign (via NewsWorks) June 25, 2013 By Alaina Mabaso for NewsWorks, @AlainaMabaso “Everybody has a …