Thursday, May 19, 2016

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REMINDER: CCRA Yearly Membership Mtg., 7 PM, Wed, May 25,  AVA, 1920 Spruce St.

Greenfield Home & School Auction and Social, 7 PM, Fri, May 20, Trinity Ctr, 22nd & Spruce St.

Rescheduled Public Mtg re 2402 Market St, 7 PM, Tues, May 24, First Unitarian Ch, 2125 Chestnut St.

CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting, 7 PM, Tues, May 24, Steven Center, 2111 Sansom St. - click here to view agenda.

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CCRA News and Events
CCRA Annual Meeting

Wed. May 25th, 7pm, Acad. of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce
Keynote Speaker: Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director
Followed by Wine & DiBruno's Hor d'oeuvres Reception

Michael DiBerardinis, or "Mike D" will talk about the Kenney administration's plans and values.  He was Philadelphia's parks and recreation czar and a longtime cabinet appointee to Mayors Nutter and Rendell. At the state level he headed the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Mayor Jim Kenney chose him to be his No. 2 staffer - managing director.
Newcomers Nominated For Five Board Seats

The nominating committee will propose the election of five new board members at the Wed May 25 annual meeting to be held at the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce:
                Becca Fisther
                David Gerson
                Sam Gordon
                Lauren O'Donnell and
                Jennifer Tintenfass
In addition, current board member Matt Schreck is being nominated for Treasurer and our former Treasurer, Michael Axler, has been nominated for a three year board term. The Nominations Committee has also proposed current board member, Guy Aiman,  for an additional three year term. Dan Keough, who stepped in to complete an unexpired one year term,  has been nominated to serve a three year term.
The board has 21 members who serve three year terms and ten officers who serve two year terms. To see bios of the nominees, click here.
RESCHEDULED: Public Meeting re 2402 Market St. Project, Tues,  5/24, 7 PM, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

A neighborhood meeting will be held Tues., May 24 to elicit comments on plans proposed for 2402 Market, the former " Marketplace Design Center" situated between the Market and Chestnut Street bridges over the Schuylkill.  The parcel is currently zoned CMX 4, a commercial mixed use classification which permits a 500 FAR (floor area ratio)  so that the project's  square footage can amount to 5 times the lot size. The existing structure  is 5 stories in height and, according to the developer,  contains 268,000 sq. ft.  The existing building's brick façade will be redone to accommodate larger floor to ceiling windowsThe plans call for about 33,000 sq. ft. of restaurants and retail fronting  Market and Chestnut on a level designated as the first floor.. The developer advises that the  lowest level, accessed on 24th street,  is dedicated to "loading requirements  an internet office and support program".  Floors 2 - 7 will contain about 344,000 sq. ft. of office space with floor to ceiling windows. The eleven floors above, from levels 8 through 18, will include 321 luxury apartments (including 1,2,and 3 bedroom units lounges, roof terraces, and a fitness center). This section will be clad with a panelized façade system that incorporates painted metal and glass materials. The top floor will contain a penthouse amenity space which will be fully glazed  for views in all directions.  The developer proposes to qualify the building for LEED platinum certification
A newly constructed riverfront promenade, landscaped for public use, will connect Market and Chestnut Streets to accommodate outdoor dining and recreation, along with street level improvements around the building. Parking will be provided in an adjacent garage.
Pursuant to the zoning code, a non binding Civic Design Review meeting will be held on May 31 at 1 pm on the 18th Floor of 1515 Arch Street. 
Member Vote on  Bylaw Revisions at May 25 Annual Meeting 

The CCRA board, by a 2/3 vote, approved  the following bylaw changes for the membership's  approval at the May 25 annual meeting to be held at  7 pm the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street:
1.                  Article IV(C) lines 43 - 45 - clarifies of the rights of Commercial Members ensuring that Commercial Members who also reside in the CCRA area will be accorded resident member privileges.
2.         Article V(B) lines 55 - 58 - clarifies that  written notice includes email and other electronic text.
3.         Article V(D) lines 63 - 69 - clarification of residence requirement for board members, and provision addressing lapsed membership by board members.  Codifies current practice.
4.         Article VI(D) lines 99 - 100- clarification of voting rights and meeting attendance requirements  for ex-presidents.
 5.        Article VIII(C) lines 178 - 179  - clarification of right of Executive Committee to discount membership fees to attract/retain members.  Codifies current practice.
6.         Article IX(A)(1) lines 198 - 202 - establishes procedure for board oversight of Executive Committee actions. 
7.         Article X(A) lines 238 - 239 - clarifies  President's discretion in excusing board meeting absences.  Codifies current practice.

The Crosstown Coalition's Sugar/Soda Tax Debate
Monday, May 23, 2016 7-8 pm at United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
1709 Ben Franklin Parkway
Moderator Sam Katz will host pro-tax advocate Donna Cooper and anti-tax speaker Lauren Vidas and field audience questions.
Space is limited.  CLICK HERE to register.
Post debate drinks at Con Murphy's (1700 Parkway). First drink courtesy of the Crosstown.
Neighborhood News and Events
Greenfield Home & School Auction and Social
Friday, May 20
7:00 p.m.
Trinity Center for Urban Life
22nd & Spruce Streets
Join them for a fun evening that will raise funds to support our "Project Greenfield" initiative to earmark funds for the most critically needed areas to improve. 

Can't attend?  Please consider making a monetary donation. 

To RSVP and/or to make a contribution - CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact
Help Improve Center City with Street Trees
Do you have a place in front of your home or business that would be suitable for a street tree? Use the Parks and Recreation Department's Tree Maintenance Citizen Service Request Form to request that a new or replacement tree be planted in the sidewalk in front of your property. The trees are free, but the properties' owners must request them.
Upon receipt of your request, the city will schedule an inspector to verify that the location is suitable for a street tree, e.g. that the sidewalk is wide enough, and that it doesn't interfere with any signs or traffic signals. If it is suitable, your address will be put on the city's list of locations scheduled for street tree installation.
Be patient. It may take anywhere from 1 to 2 years for installation, but the sooner you get on the city's list, the sooner you'll have a tree.
Dance Affiliates presents MOMIX in Opus Cactus: Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut, Now thru Sun, 5/22

Don't Miss This.  Known worldwide for multi-media works of exceptional inventiveness and astounding physical beauty, MOMIX brings its spectacular "Opus Cactus" to close NextMove Dance's inaugural season at the Prince Theater. 

Built on 19 stunning vignettes, Opus Cactus is a "a sprawling, luscious fantasy" (NY Times) features low-flying trapeze, vaulting poles, larger-than-life puppets designed by Michael Curry, constructed costumes by Phoebe Katzin, and harnesses and belly dollies taking audiences on an imaginative adventure through the Southwest landscape, examining a vast landscape filled with snakes, lizards, cacti, birds and Native American culture. May 19 (Th), 8:00 May 20 (F), 2:00 & 8:00 May 21 (Sat), & 3:00 May 22 (Sun).  Tickets ($37-$57.) can be purchased at or in person at the box office, 1412 Chestnut Street.  $10 off ticket prices for CCRA members by using the promo code allattheprince.  NextMove at the Prince is presented by Dance Affiliates, a presenter of world-class dance, under the artistic direction of our neighbor Randy Swartz.  More info at
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, Sat, 5/21, From Broad to 19th St, Noon to 5 PM (rain or shine)

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is Philadelphia's annual celebration of fashion, fine food and family-friendly fun. Booths line the street, selling food from local vendors as well as locally made arts and crafts. Live music and entertainment is in full swing throughout this free, daylong festival.
Naudain Street Art Collaborative Exhibition, Sat, 5/21, 11 AM - 7 PM, Ageless Gardens, 2503 Naudain Street

The Naudain Street Art Collaborative will hold an exhibition of the work of Priya Patel and Burnell Yow. Priya Patel is a photographer and painter. Burnell Yow of Ravenswing Studio, is an intuitive artist working in paint, collage, assemblage, sculpture, digital art and photography.  Meet your neighborhood artists, view their work, and purchase directly. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition is free and open to visitors. For more information, email:

Society Hill Open House and Garden Tour
Sunday, May 22, 2016

For more information, click here, call 215-629-1288 or email Matt DeJulio.
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Patterns of Nature" Photography by Andy Smith, Now thru 6/5, 236 S. 26th St

"River Rock Patterns" archival pigment print on canvas

"From sunsets to painted hills, from colorful leaves to rocks in the river, from birds in flight or on the water to flowing streams and mushrooms on fallen trees - all these patterns reflect a beauty present in everything. Dostoevsky noted in The Idiot that beauty will save the earth. I believe
this and hope my portrayal of small reflections of this beauty will move
your soul to recognition of deeper connections." - Andy Smith
Host families are needed for two young out-of-town pianists, age 18 and 19, from California and Budapest, participating in the annual Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy at Curtis Institute (1726 Locust). Host families are invited to attend all PYPA concerts and master classes at no charge as guests of organizer and artistic director, Ching-Yun Hu. Pianists will be arriving August 7 and departing on August 17. Homes should be within walking distance of Curtis. Piano is a plus but is not required. If you have a piano (tuned), you will enjoy listening to them practice.  If you wish to be a host, please email:
CCRA Merchant Member 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.

Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Liberty Vet Pets, 265 S. 20th St. (888-458-8587)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
PhotoLounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Computer Troubleshooters,108 S. 20th St. (215-825-2101)
Crow & The Pitcher, 267 S. 19th St (267-876-2808)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. and the Market at the Comcast Center (215-665-9220)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
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.
My Doc Urgent Care, - 1420 Locust St (215 800-1909). Show your membership card and for a $25 flu shot with this coupon
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