Germantown Special Services District (GSSD)
The GSSD covers the Central Germantown Business District, which is centered at the intersection of Germantown and Chelten Avenues, the heart of the historic Germantown neighborhood.
The district includes one of the most historic miles of continuous street in the US known as ‘the Great Road’ (another name for Germantown Ave), that houses numerous historic sites that tell the story of the neighborhood and the U.S.
Within the district boundaries are prestigious private schools, many of which were founded by Quakers who settled the Germantown area in the late 1600s, an eclectic community of artists and small galleries, professional businesses and an array of mom and pop owned small businesses, anchored by some well-known businesses and institutions.
Not to be outdone, the district is home to the ‘Emerald Gem’ better known as Vernon Park and many other parks, green spaces and community gardens and is quickly accessible to renowned outdoor spaces including Awbury Arboretum, Wissachickon Park, Valley Green and miles and miles of gorgeous running trails.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's The District page.
In The News
- Germantown businesses revolt against taxing district that didn’t deliver on clean streets promise, Plan Philly, January 15, 2019.