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About Germantown


Nestled in the northwest section of Philadelphia, Germantown is a neighborhood steeped in history, well known for its historical attractions and Quaker roots. In addition to the neighborhood’s extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums – from the first-ever American protest against slavery to a key battle site during the American Revolution – Germantown is also home to a rich arts community and growing cultural scene.


Many businesses, small shops, and restaurants line the neighborhood’s main streets. After many years of disinvestment, Germantown is poised for growth as revitalization efforts from within the community ramp up. Just six miles from Philadelphia City Hall, this neighborhood has a character that is completely its own.

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Germantown’s accessibility is a major attraction for businesses, residents, and visitors alike. All of the community is within a ten-minute walk to one of three SEPTA train stations that provide service to Center City Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Additionally, nine bus routes offer increased mobility to more specific locations throughout the region. Visit to explore travel options to Germantown.

SEPTA Train Stations 

with access to the business district

Chelten Avenue Station | 359 W Chelten Ave

This station is served by: Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail


Germantown Station | 150 E Chelten Ave

This station is served by: Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail


Wayne Junction Station | 2129 Windrim Ave

This station is served by: Airport Line Regional Rail, Warminster Line Regional Rail, West Trenton Line Regional Rail, Lansdale/Doylestown Line Regional Rail, Chestnut Hill East Line Regional Rail, Fox Chase Line Regional Rail

About Germantown United CDC


The site is a product of Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC). 


Germantown United CDC is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and facilitate the revitalization of the business district in the Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia through a sustainable, creative, and community-driven approach to economic development. 

Vibrant commercial corridors or “Main Streets” contribute to strong neighborhoods. They provide a place to work, shop, and meet your neighbors. Through our Targeted Corridor Management Program contract with the city’s Commerce Department, Germantown United CDC provides assistance to businesses, brings planning and resources to the corridor, oversees activities to make the corridor clean and safe, and works to attract new businesses to the area. We are actively working to bolster and reinforce the vibrancy of the business district to meet the needs of the surrounding community and attract visitors from outside the immediate neighborhood. Germantown United CDC is also exploring opportunities to strengthen and diversify the mix of commercial uses in the business district, the potential to reuse vacant or underutilized properties, business and job attraction strategies, and available sources of funding to support recommended revitalization strategies.

Our work is focused on the Central Germantown Business Corridor, which is bounded by Chelten Avenue between Baynton and Morris streets; Germantown Avenue between Washington Lane and Berkley Street; Maplewood Mall; and short stretches of important intersecting streets such as Greene Street, Wayne Avenue, and Pulaski Avenue. The yellow line in the map of Germantown demarcates GUCDC’s boundaries. Visit to learn more.

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Contact us

We would love your input, suggestions, or even a quick note on how we are doing. Get in touch!

Email & Phone


Mailing Address
Germantown United CDC
5219 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

The first written protest against slavery was written in 1688 at the corner of Germantown Ave & Wister St.
Pioneering free jazz muscian Sun Ra moved his band The Arkestra from New York City to Germantown in 1968 and never left.
Germantown Avenue, also known as "The Great Road," follows an Indian path from the Delaware River.
Germantown was an independent municipality until 1854, when it became part of the City of Philadelphia.
During the Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1793, President George Washington and his cabinet moved to Germantown.
Germantown Avenue is part of the Colonial Germantown National Historic District, the longest National Historic District in the U.S.


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