PUBLIC MTG RE STUDENT RENTAL LAW : TUES 10/27 6 PM 2111 SANSOM
CCRA will seek public comment for feedback to the CCRA board on City Council Bill 150649 which applies to the area between 17th and 21st, Walnut to Spruce and excludes the following uses from residentially zoned properties:
(.1) Rooming houses;
(.2) Boarding houses;
(.3) Fraternity and sorority houses;
(.4) Housing, not owner-occupied, for "students" defined in the Code as "any person under the age of twenty-three (23) years enrolled full-time in a college or university undergraduate degree program."
Council President Clarke introduced the bill to address concerns of neighbors regarding conversions of two garages to multi-unit residential structures on the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Square Street - the garages at 2023 (The Horsehead garage) and 2028 Rittenhouse Square Street. The current zoning code allows 7 units at 2023 and 13 units at 2028, with 3 bedrooms for each unit, for a total occupancy of 60. (Neighbors suggest that the developer is including unlawful additional bed rooms.) These added dwellings easily double the population of the block, which is otherwise dominated by single family homes zoned RM-1 (residential multifamily).
At a meeting on October 13 of CCRA representatives with the residents of the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Square Street in the Council President's office, the neighbors agreed that their concerns could be addressed by legislation thatexcludes the following uses from residentially zoned properties (the language is in rough draft):
(.1) Group living other than temporary overnight housing for homeless people and personal care homes [i.e., supportive housing & assisted living]
(.2) Multi-unit occupancy housing where the average number of rooms in a building occupied as bedrooms exceeds 2 per unit.
Council President Clarke's staff is currently suggesting legislation providing that students might not occupy more than 40% of the units in a building but has not supplied an amended version of the Bill so the only proposal on the table is the current language prohibiting rentals to full time undergrad students under 23 years of age.
Bill 150649 is scheduled for a Council Rules Committee hearing at which the public may testify on Monday November 16 at 10 am in Room 400 City Hall.
CCRA PRINT CENTER COCKTAIL PARTY, MON, 10/26, 5-7 PM 1617 LATIMER ST
Join CCRA and the Temple University LGBTQ Alumni Society for a COMPLIMENTARY happy hour at The Print Center, a bi-level photography and print gallery, as part of their Centennial Celebration of its 100th anniversary.
Come out for free beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres as well as a chance mingle with friends and view The Print Center's stunning featured exhibition "Bayside Revisited" which is artist Gabrial Martinez' reflections on the history of the iconimc gay mecca, Fire Island. To RSVP, click here.
HEAR YE HEAR YE - DISCUSSION ON NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES, THURS, 11/12, 6-7:30 PM, GREENFIELD SCHOOL, 22ND & CHESTNUT ST
Representatives from 2nd District City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's office and from Philadelphia's Fleet Management, City Commissioners', Office of Support Housing, and the Streets Dept. will discuss neighborhood issues such as questions already suggested by CCRAers re the city's aging emergency vehicles, voter turnout, ending homelessness, broken sidewalks and curb cuts. Light refreshments will be served.
CCRA MERCHANT MEMBERS DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount (described here) to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card (Di Bruno Bros. has its own CCRA card) and personal identification.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. and the Market at the Comcast Center (215-665-9220)
Dance Affiliate - Get $10 off Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership. Members use promo code allattheprince
Uber - Limo service Uber provides $20 off a first ride, Good for new users only. Members use promo code CCRA14.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND EVENTS
PUBLIC ISSUES FORUM AT THE FREE LIBRARY, SAT 10/24, 2 PM, 1901 VINE ST
The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium Board of Governors will sponsor a four-member panel discussion regarding the challenges and opportunities that face cities like Philadelphia in 2015. The panel consists of members each with experience in fields such as civic associations, business, and city planning.
COUNTRY FAIR, CITY STYLE, SAT, 10/24, 7-11 PM TRINITY MEM CHURCH, 22ND & SPRUCE ST
Come to the Country Fair inside Trinity Memorial Church for games, contests, desserts, pet photo contest, dancing, food and friends. Tickets $10/person online or at door. RSVP by Friday, 10/16. Food by Bacchus Catering. Music by Silver Sound DJ's.
FREE CELLO RECITAL AT TRINITY MEM CHURCH, SUN 10/25, 8PM, 22ND & SPRUCE ST
Cellist and CCRA member Ulrich Boeckheler will present as a gift to the neighborhood a free community concert. Together, with Pianist Tony Barone, he will perform some of the greatest works from the cello repertoire. Among them are sonatas by Boccherini, Debussy, Beethoven, Rochberg and Brahms. Come early to reserve your seats!
VIEW AND DISCUSS DOCUMENTARY FILM
PALIO AT THE ROXY THEATER, FRI, 10/30, 5 PM, 2023 SANSOM ST
Palio documents the oldest horse race in the world, taking place twice a summer in Siena Italy. With origins in the Middle Ages, Palio is full of tradition, drama and strategy as jockeys representing ten of the city's historic districts fiercely compete.
Screen Daily describes the film as a "rare kind of documentary - muscular and refined, and a splendor for the eyes." Penn's Village has reserved a block of tickets for the film showing. Admission is free but arrive early (4:30 at the very latest) to assure seating. For more information, click here.
TOUR THE MARIAN ANDERSON RESIDENCE MUSEUM WITH PENN VILLAGE, FRI, 11/13, 11AM, 762 S. MARTIN STREET
Marian Anderson Residence Museum
Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia in 1897 and with her rich contralto voice, hard work and courage became one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. She also was an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century.
Her 19th home is located at 762 S. Martin Street (which is between 19th & 20th Streets), and runs between Fitzwater and Catherine Streets. Because of the historic structure, the house is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. The cost is $10. Please register by Friday, 11/6, by mailing a check, including your contact information, to 201 South 21st Street Philadelphia, PA 19103. If you prefer to pay through PayPal, click here.