Be a Gem Crossing

A mixed use, adaptive reuse development bringing critical new services and housing to the Germantown Avenue commercial corridor in the East Tioga neighborhood.


More about Be a Gem Crossing, a North10, Philadelphia project.


Get involved by attending the next community meeting. Date TBA.

Job Listings

See available construction positions at Be a Gem Crossing.

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Neighborhood residents, press, and partners can get in touch and express interest in housing by calling (267) 405-2667

Be a Gem Crossing project in Germantown

Be a Gem Crossing

A new 68,000-square-foot, mixed-use development on the site of the former Liberty Motel at Germantown Avenue and Westmoreland Street.

Be a Gem Crossing: Fact Sheet

Be a Gem Crossing project

Bethune Elementary School

North10, Philadelphia purchased the former Liberty Motel and surrounding properties in 2018 to break ground for a new mixed-use development project in the Hunting Park-East Tioga community, located at 3226-3258 Germantown Ave Philadelphia, PA 19140.

The planned development, located across the street from Bethune Elementary School, will turn a landmark for crime into one of progress, wellness, and community.

Be a Gem Crossing features a combination of new construction and rehabilitation, the project consists of 41 units of affordable housing with a 22,000 square foot commercial space. The project will serve low income families with a mix of one‐, two‐, and three‐bedroom units, along with a community room, resident lounge, and laundry facilities on each floor. You can see the project renderings below.

There will be eight units for households below 20% Area Median Income (AMI), seventeen units for those below 50% AMI, and sixteen units for those below 60% AMI.

In addition, our Construction Apprenticeships provides Neighborhood and Near Neighborhood residents (residents in the 19140 zipcode parts of the following zipcodes: 19129, 19141, 19120, 19134, 19121, 19122, and 19144) with a structured career pathway that enables them to simultaneously earn money and learn skills. Contact us below to inquire about open positions coming up for 6 to 8 part-time ($13/hr), 90-day, construction apprenticeships.

Community meetings will be announced below, and information on previous meetings will be updated as-available here.

We are proud to have signed a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the Broad, Germantown, Erie Collaborative (BGEC) and are grateful for our partners helping to make this happen.

To learn more about the project read about it in the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here and here.

Be a Gem Crossing: Project Renderings

Upcoming Community Meeting: Date TBA

Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved with neighborhood revitalization efforts with community members.

Mayor Jim Kenney with Executive Director Joshua Klaris and North10 team and student in Hunting Park at Lenfest Center
Building construction apprenticeship with hands-on learning

Construction Job Listings

A career in construction can be both informative and lucrative. There are many jobs in construction that you may not be aware of in North Philly.

We are grateful for our partners helping to make this happen.

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