Since 2017, the Broad, Germantown, and Erie Task Force has existed as a joint effort between different City departments and neighborhood organizations. Their goal is to improve public safety and transportation safety, create jobs and support businesses, improve and create public spaces, and honor local history and culture.
To date, the following improvements have been made to this bustling intersection:
Public Safety & Transportation Safety Improvements
- Removed old trolley tracks and trolley poles
- Upgraded light fixtures to LED throughout intersection and adjacent section of Germantown Ave.
- Installed Police security cameras
Commercial Corridor Improvements
- Working on various commercial façade improvements & building rehabilitation projects
- Supported the creation of 12 new businesses
- Funding additional cleaning of the intersection
- Stepped up enforcement around nuisance businesses
- Regularly cleaning vacant lots on Germantown Avenue
- Supporting capacity building of the local business association, Called to Serve CDC
- Supporting redevelopment of the Beury Building and adjacent property
Public Space Improvements
- Completed the conceptual design for community reuse of Zion Baptist Church Annex
- Piloted public space enhancements through Philly Free Streets, which brought thousands to the intersection in summer 2018 and 2019
- Included a conceptual design for Butler Triangle in the Phila2035 plan
- Identified potential for the creation of a new public space as part of intersection improvements
Honoring Local History and Culture Improvements
- Working to identify important buildings for preservation
- Exploring how to preserve history through the naming of public spaces
- Exploring the potential for a physical tribute to be placed within the public spaces
Join us for a Resource Fair
To continue the dialogue about what is happening at Broad, Germantown, and Erie, the City and community representatives will hold a Resource Fair on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The Fair will be held at Zion Baptist Church (3600 N. Broad Street) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with remarks at 5:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Residents are invited to attend to get information and participate in discussions around community services, housing, transportation, crime and safety, and public space.
Attendees should enter Zion Baptist Church from Venango Street. The Fair is accessible by public transit through the Erie stop of the Broad Street Line.