In addition to his real estate development and investments, Stan Smith is active and involved in organizations that benefit the communities where he does business.
Germantown United CDC
Stan serves as a Board member of the Germantown United Community Development Corporation, a new CDC whose mission is to promote and facilitate the revitalization of Germantown’s business corridors through a sustainable, creative, and community-driven approach to economic development.
Stan currently serves as a member of the Cleaning Committee on the Germantown Special Services District.
A Special Services District (SSD) is a legal mechanism where business property owners and businesses in a defined area jointly plan and put in place a sustainable funding source to pay for services to improve their area. SSD’s are organized locally by businesses and business property owners but require legislative authorization to be established.
Stan has been a partner with the City of Philadelphia’s renowned Mural Arts Program. One of their murals, Building Germantown by artist Jon Laidacker, can be seen at Stan’s property at 310 W. Chelten Avenue in Germantown. The mural pays homage to the people, places, and traditions of the neighborhood of Germantown.
Responsible Graffiti is a program started by Stan Smith as a way to solve multiple problems with a single task-engage the local street graffiti “artists” to purposefully paint up some of the blank walls on the Flying Horse Center, his large mixed use building in Germantown. Responsible Graffiti’s mission is to ask the artist to be responsible with the tagging of the painting. “We can all get along if you stay in your boundaries”, said Smith.
The first artists began working in 2010, and focused on those parts of the building that were the prime victims of tagging. Stan is now looking for additional artists to pick up where the original one left off. For more information on this project contact Stan’s office at 215-848-1133.