Neighborhood Planning

“This is Germantown Heart & Soul” Winter Community Gatherings, beginning November 19th

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.

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September 6, 2016
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RES to complete Chelten Avenue Commercial Corridor Market Study and Revitalization Strategy

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.

Shape Chelten Ave: Rapid Planning Project with The American Planning Association, May 16-20

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.

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January 18, 2016
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Germantown United CDC is a finalist in the Knight Cities Challenge!

Germantown United CDC is 1 of 158 finalists in The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge! Civic innovators from across the country submitted more than 4,500 ideas to this year’s challenge.

Germantown United CDC Receives $25,000 Civic Engagement Grant from Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Germantown United Community Development Corporation has received a one-year, $25,000 civic engagement grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council centered on pre-work for a comprehensive neighborhood plan. Understanding the need for a resident-driven approach to community planning and development, Germantown United CDC has joined forces with the theater-based nonprofit Just Act to connect organized groups of residents operating at the micro level – from block associations to neighborhood civics with limited boundaries – and map both the formal and informal networks currently contributing to community improvement efforts in Germantown.

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September 10, 2015
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Councilwoman Bass Introduces Bill to Raise over $3.4 million for Street Calming Efforts

Improving walkability can boost Germantown’s commercial corridors, in addition to saving lives. Today, Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced a bill to raise an estimated $3.4 million for street calming efforts in the City. More about the bill is included in the attached press release.

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May 15, 2015
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Re-imagining Maplewood Mall Festival, a “Germantown Renaissance” is Saturday, May 30th

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.

GUCDC Hosts Meeting on National Main Street Model

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.

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June 26, 2013
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At Maplewood Mall block party, opinions vary about upcoming $2.2 million redesign

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 …