HI RISE PLANS FOR RITT SQ. SITE - THREE TIMES A CHARM?
Twice in the past we have described the romances of 1911 Walnut, the comely L shaped plot on Rittenhouse Square's northwest corner fronting on the north side of Walnut, the south side of Sansom and the east side of 20th street. Past suitors are from central casting: the proverbial knight in shining armor, Castleway, a Dublin developer, and a down to earth boy next door type, Toll Brothers. The latest squire is Tennessee based Southern Land Company, think Clarke Gable/Vivian Leigh. He's proposing a glass clad residential tower of at least 49 stories (559 feet) and as much as 57 stories (618 feet). Two tenant entrances are planned on Walnut -- one for as many as 100 condo units occupying the tower's top floors and a second for as many as 300 rental units located in the lower floors. Also in the package, 50,000 to 60,000 sq. ft of retail situated in a three story podium rising 65 feet from the sidewalk topped off with a large outdoor roofdeck amenities area for building occupants. Retail entrances will front on Walnut, Sansom, and 20th. Automobiles will access the site from Sansom Street into robotic underground parking for approximately 270 vehicles. Loading/truck traffic will enter from 20th Street into Moravian, the east west alley just north of La Colombe that runs from 19th to 20th. The site features a turn around area so that trucks need not back in or out. Of the three historic buildings on the north side of Sansom, Southern proposes to demolishtwo - the Warwick Apartments and the former Oliver Bair Funeral Home -and save the façade of the Rittenhouse Coffee Shop while rebuilding its interior.
As with most betrothals, consent is needed - approval to change the zoning from CMX (Commercial Mixed Use) 4 which has a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 500 to CMX 5 with an FAR of 1200 to 1600 depending upon bonuses for features such as public art and underground parking. With a CMX 4 FAR of 500, the permissible square footage of the construction would be five times the square footage of the parcel, for CMX 5, the square footage of the would be a minimum of 12 times the lot's footage. , To obtain the zoning change or "variance", Southern must first appear before a community meeting convened by CCRA as the Registered Community Organization and then seek approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The community meeting process will be triggered by Southern's application to Licenses and Inspections for a building permit, a step which has yet to occur.
HOLIDAY SEASON PACKAGE DELIVERY ALERT
Packages are being stolen from people's front doors (including behind locked gates) when left there by UPS, FedEx, etc. It is probably best to redirect your packages to a neighbor or business if you don't have a secure place for them to be left.
HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE
The CCRA office will close on Friday, 12/25, and will reopen on Monday, 1/4/2016, at 9:00 AM.
The Board of Directors and Staff wishes you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.
HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION
For those who have trash collection on Friday, 12/25 and 1/1, your garbage will be collected on Saturday (this is not a typo and is per the Streets Department website), 12/26 and 1/2.
CCRA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
The Government Relations Committee is on the move and now has limited openings for members to join us to work on. If you would like to become a member, email us your name, address, and phone number. Also if you have any issues you would like to be presented, email CCRA - subject: GR Issue.
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.
Come to LOVE Park for a chance to experience authentic German gifts, food, and entertainment! Take advantage of the CCRA's special discount program and enjoy a delicious bratwurst or freshly made hot potato pancakes with a soda at the German Grill for only $6. Wash it down with a rich hot chocolate for $1 off, or a warm mug of traditional German Glühwein (Spiced mulled wine) at Chaddsford Winery for $2 off!
The Community Outreach Partnership will host its annual "Beethoven Birthday Benefit concert" to benefit its homeless shelter, in its 31st year of operation at Trinity Memorial Church. Liebesfreud, a pre-eminent area string quartet,has donated its talent to raise money for the Wintershelter at Trinity since 2002.
The program will feature Beethoven's String quartets opus 74, the "Harp", and opus 127. Tickets: $10 for regular admission; $50 for patron support via the webor directly from the Community Outreach Partnership, 2212 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Tel: 215-732-2515, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART EXHIBIT AT TWENTY-TWO GALLARY, KATHERINE SANDECKI, THRU SUN 1/3, 236 S. 22ND ST
"Lily," oil on panel, 9 x 12 in., Katherine Sandecki - $425
Katherine Sandecki is a Southern New Jersey native and third generation painter. She studied at PAFA 1983-1985 and participates in continuing education classes at Fleischer Art Memorial, PAFA, Studio Incaminati , and several plain air workshops hosted by the Grand Central Academy in New York State and New Hampshire.
Doing What Comes Naturally: How Exercise Influences Your Life As You Age, sat, 1/9, 10-11:45 am, excel physical therapy, 420 bainbridge st
Excel Physical Therapy has offered to share professional knowledge and expertise with friends of Penn's Village:
A physician specializing in geriatrics, sports medicine and orthopedics will talk about the importance of staying well and safe.
A physical therapist will share easy and fun ways to implement a home exercise program, including essential exercises to help you stay independent.
Staff physical therapists will provide each attendee with a personalized complimentary 15-minute medical and orthopedic screening, answering questions such as: How should I move? What's the best exercise for me? What can I do to improve my balance?
Extra perks include a re-usable ice pack and snacks.
Penn's Village members and volunteers attend free of charge. A $5 donation from other guests is appreciated, payable at the door.
TANEY YOUTH BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Taney Basketball does not turn away any child, regardless of ability to pay. Registration fees don't cover the costs of uniforms, equipment, court rental fees, and referees. What is needed are SPONSORS for every team. Use the sponsor form, or encourage the sponsor to register on their website, www.TaneyBaseball.com - via the "Sponsor a Team!" link featured prominently on the Home Page.
Handbags for Philly's Homeless Women
The Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center's Helping Handbags program is collecting bags of all styles thru the end of the month (plus feminine hygiene products, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, clean socks and towels) to help our city's homeless women.
Please bring donations to RWWC's Helping Handbags at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center, 1632 Pine St.
ICE SKATING AT DILWORTH PARK, NOW THRU 2/28/16, CITY HALL
The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, 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.