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.
Germantown United CDC’s next Business Info Session will be held on Wednesday, September 16 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Speakers include business growth strategist Veronica Woods, and Giana Lawrence, Manager of the Philadelphia Department of Commerce’s Storefront Improvement Program (SIP). Anyone who owns a local business, or is interested in opening a business in Germantown is welcome to attend.
Germantown United CDC is participating in Philly.com’s Street Level series, part of The Next Mayor project. Watch our video and check out GU’s profile on Philly.com after the jump. In a few weeks, candidates Jim Kenney and Melissa Murray Bailey will tell us what they would do about it, as our next mayor.
Thanks to everyone who came out to GU’s For The Doers: Build A Better Germantown, our volunteer info session held on July 30, 2015. If you couldn’t be there but would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities and our work in general, you can now view a digital version of our presentation right here on our site. Worth a look for anyone interested in keeping up-to-date with GU and getting involved!
The Merchant Fund’s Business Stabilization grant (deadline approaching: September 15!) and the City of Philadelphia’s Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) are currently accepting applications from small businesses looking to grow their businesses and improve their storefronts. Want to know how Germantown United CDC can support a grant application for your business? Read on.
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.
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.