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WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
COMMUNITY MEETING WED 11/18 7 PM, 2110 CHESTNUT RE 19TH & CHESTNUT HIGH RISE AT BOYD THEATER SITE
for a mixed residential/ commercial (ground and second floors) development to be erected near the corner of 19th and Chestnut will be presented at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. The 54,782 sq.ft. parcel has frontages on 19th Street, 20th Street, Chestnut Street and Sansom Street. Entry to a 32 story residential tower, oriented on a north south axis, will be through a landscaped courtyard facing 19th Street. The two story lobby leads directly up to the second floor amenity area which has a large outdoor terrace space. The 32 story tower will include:
- 250 residential units at floors 3 through 32 many of which have terraces or balconies;
- Residential lobby, retail, trash and loading at the first floor;
- Parking for 117 cars at the cellar level.
There will be retail space along Sansom Street, on 19th Street and in the former Boyd Theater Lobby, as well in the Alexander building at the corner of 19th and Chestnut Streets, the former Qdoba restaurant location.
All vehicle access will be from 20th Street. A curb cut on 20th situated at the current parking lot on the east side of the street will provide access to a ramp going down to the Parking Garage. This same curb cut will provide entry to a grade level loading area designed so that 32-foot trucks may turn around inside the loading dock so that no trucks will need to back into or out of 20th Street.
The site is zoned CMX-4, Center City Commercial Mixed-Use. The project has been designed within the zoning requirements so that it may be built "as of right" without any further plan approvals. The community meeting is part of the Civic Design Review process which requires proponents of large scale developments to solicit design input from adjacent communities and, further, to present their Plans for review by a 7 person Civic Design Review panel containing one representative from the affected Registered Community Organization, in this case, CCRA. This Design Review process is advisory only and developers are not bound by the recommendations of either the community or the CDR panel. The CDR committee meets at 1 pm on Tues Nov 24 on the 18th floor of 1515 Arch St - northeast corner of 16th and the Parkway.
19th + Chestnut was designed by Cecil Baker & Partners Architecture in collaboration with the Developer and a consortium of stakeholders in four nearby high rises (Kate's Place The Plaza, William Penn House, and 1920 Chestnut).
CCRA NIXES NO STUDENT BILL: 11TH
HOUR AMENDMENT OFFERED
At its November 10 meeting the CCRA Board voted to reject the original version of Bill 150649 which prohibited the use of residential properties for rental to full time undergraduate students under 23 years of age. The Association has since received two alternative versions of the bill:
- The first revision delivered late last week prohibits "Housing, not owner-occupied, advertised only for and rented only to students"
- The second revision prohibits "Housing, not owner-occupied, rented only to students or the marketing of which include the phrases student housing, student living, student apartments, or other such terms suggesting rentals are available only to students or is directed primarily to student."
Although the latest version of the bill was only delivered this afternoon at 3 pm, the bill remains on the Rules Committee agenda for Monday Nov 16th at 10 am in RM 400 City Hall. CCRA will request that the matter be deferred until the December Rules Committee hearing so that the Association may take stock of the revised language.
INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING GATHERING, TUE, 11/24, 7PM, TEMPLE BETH ZION-BETH ISRAEL, 18TH & SPRUCE ST
At this traditional neighborhood gathering, 12 congregations in our area's Christian, Jewish and Islamic faith communities invite residents to join them in offering thanks in their respective traditions.
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)
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.
Dance Affiliate - Get $10 off Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership. Members use promo code allattheprince.
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND EVENTS
PHILLY NAMED "WORLD HERITAGE CITY"
On November 6, 2015, the Organization of World Heritage Cities named Philadelphia the first U.S. municipality to gain the elite title of World Heritage City. Click here to read more.
ICE RINK REOPENS TODAY DILWORTH PARK ON FRI, 11/13, CITY HALL
The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park opens next week through February 28, offering the new Rothman Cabin, where skaters can enjoy warm drinks and food without having to take off their skates. The rink will also offer special sled skating accommodations for disabled skaters. Sled skating for children and adults will be supervised by trained staff to help push the sleds or train sled skaters in using the equipment. Sleds can be reserved during scheduled sessions that begin in January. For schedule and ticket prices, click here.
ART EXHIBIT AT TWENTY-TWO GALLERY, "SEA TREASURES," BY ANDREA BALDECK, FRI, 11/13 THRU SUN, 12/6, 226 S. 22ND ST
|"Nautilus Quartet" archival silver gelatin print, by Andrea Baldeck|
Opening Reception: TONITE, November 13th, 6 to 9 PM
The series Sea Treasures offers black and white still life arrangements to highlight the shapes and contours of shells, bones and carapaces. Combined with vintage texts of design and zoology, the result is an interplay of two and three dimensions intended to engage the eye, stimulate thought, and renew our sense of wonder at the natural world.
UPDATE ON OPEN STREETS PHL CAMPAIGN, MON, 11/16, 6-8 PM, MEYERSON HALL, UPENN, 210 S. 34TH ST
Since the Pope's visit with attendant street closures, Open Street Philly has formally campaigned for well-planned open streets events in the summer/fall. This group will screen a series of short films about Open Streets. RSVP here. Tickets are going fast and capacity is limited.
FILM SHOOTING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, 11/17 AND 11/18
An M. Night Shyamalan film crew will be working in the neighborhood so that there will be restrictions:
- E side of S 21st St, btw Spruce & Pine Sts
- S side of Spruce Sts, btw 20th & 21st Sts, and from 21st St halfway toward 22nd St
- S side of Pine Sts, btw 20th & 21st Sts
- S side of Delancey Pl, 50' E of S 21st St
- No parking on the north side of Market Street from 20th to 22nd Ste.
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