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January 5, 2018
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Germantown has been crowned the ‘Best Neighborhood of the Year’ by Curbed readers

Among 16 Philadelphia neighborhoods, Germantown has been crowned the Best Neighborhood of the Year by Curbed readers. And then there was one! Among 16 Philadelphia neighborhoods, Germantown has been crowned the Best Neighborhood of the Year by Curbed readers. Read the full story.

Speak Up, Speak Out for Germantown at District Plan Meeting Monday, Jan. 8th

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 Wins Preservation Grant

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s work to revitalize America’s Main Streets, the National Trust joined with American Express, National Geographic, and Main Street America for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, a community-based campaign to raise awareness about the importance of preserving America’s Main Street districts.

The Open Doors in Germantown project, led by the Germantown United Community Development Corporation, finished in first place out of 25 main street districts in a nationwide popular voting competition from September 25 through October 31, and earned a $150,000 grant for historic preservation. Germantown also won an additional $10,000 grant for increasing its vote total by the highest percentage during a one-week voting challenge.

Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend, Saturday, Oct. 7

Germantown is one of 25 historic Main Street districts across the country participating in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend. To celebrate, Germantown United CDC will host an Open House on Saturday, October 7 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the organization’s first storefront office, located at 5320 Germantown Avenue, at the corner of W Penn Street. We invite you to come by and see our new headquarters.

September 28, 2017
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Germantown Market Square Pop-Up Farmers Market, Sunday, Oct. 8

The Germantown Market Square Pop-Up Farmers Market will be held on Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Market Square Park, located at 5501 Germantown Ave (between School House Ln and Church Ln). The market will feature goods from Wild Flour Bakery, Sweet LadyBug Gluten Free Bakery, Weavers Way Co-op, Lancaster Hummus Company, Germantown Kitchen Garden, and more.

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.

September 18, 2017
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Big Announcement: GUCDC is Moving!

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.

September 6, 2017
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Germantown Business Info Session: Activate Your Storefront, Wednesday, Sept. 20

Germantown United CDC’s next Germantown Business Info Session, organized in partnership with The Business Center, will be held on Wednesday, September 20 from 8 a.m. – 10 …