This is Germantown Heart & Soul, a project of Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) and Just Act, will host a series of community gatherings throughout Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood this winter beginning on November 19, 2016. The Germantown community is invited to participate in a unique interactive group storytelling experience. Unlike traditional civic meetings and town halls, the events – called Story Circles – use theater as a planning tool and center on capturing the wishes, needs, and ideas of residents as they share personal stories of meaningful experiences in Germantown and what they view as essential for growth of the neighborhood’s vibrant but struggling shopping district. A calendar of events is included in the full press release, with additional dates to be announced.
The Germantown Second Saturday Festival will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. The festival will take place along a one-block stretch of Germantown Avenue, between School House Lane and Coulter Street, and surround Market Square Park (5501 Germantown Avenue). Rain or shine. The community festival, presented by Historic Germantown and Germantown United Community Development Corporation, invites the public to experience Germantown. Read the full press release.
Please join the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability and Germantown United CDC on May 4th 6:30 p.m. at the Flying Horse Center at 5534 Pulaski Ave for a discussion about Greenworks and how Philadelphia’s sustainability plans can help improve your community quality of life.
Germantown United CDC is seeking art and craft vendors to participate in the Art & Craft Marketplace at the Germantown Second Saturday Festival, presented by GUCDC and Historic Germantown. The Festival will be held at Market Square Park, located at 5501 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144 on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Please consider signing up to vend, sharing this information with your crafty friends, and attending!
The Philly Spring Cleanup is Saturday, 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. citywide (rescheduled from April 9)! In Germantown there will be a huge presence felt all over the neighborhood with over a dozen official projects registered! Join Germantown United CDC and Penn Knox Neighborhood Association’s cleanup of the lower Germantown business district. Volunteers will clean the grounds of the historic Trinity Lutheran Church at 5300 Germantown Avenue and the stretch of Germantown Avenue between Penn Street and Seymour Street. Learn more about our project and many others in Germantown!
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.
For the Love of Germantown! is an annual fundraiser supporting Germantown United CDC’s important work to revitalize Germantown. The event is held at the Oaks Cloisters, a lavish and truly unique landmark in Germantown. More than 250 attendees are expected to attend, representing Germantown and its surrounding neighborhoods such as Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Manayunk, and East Falls. The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., President of Philadelphia University and Co-Founder and previous owner of Jiffy Lube International. Join us on Thursday, May 7th to support our work and celebrate with food, music, and history.
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.