Thursday, January 17, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Property Tax Assessment Appealers Update
In our e-newsletter of Dec 20, 2018, we reported on Bill 171009, which provides relief for taxpayers who appealed their reassessments in 2018. Bill 171009, passed by City Council in December 2018, suspends interest and penalties for those who timely pay their property tax as computed on the prior 2017 assessment and also timely pay the assessment determined via the appeal process. 
Although passed by City Council, the Bill cannot become law until Mayor Kenney takes action. The Mayor has until Jan 24 to sign the Bill, veto it or let it pass without his signature.
As of this publication, Mayor Kenney has not signed Bill 171009 to give relief to taxpayers. If you are concerned about your property tax bill, we suggest contacting the Mayor's office to urge him to sign Bill 171009.  215-686-2181 or
In the meantime, we will continue to work with the Crosstown Coalition to address problems with the new assessments.
First Level Review Update
Residents who have filed a First Level Review (FLR) with the Office of Property Assessment in process should be aware that the Board of Revision of Taxes is allowing you to reserve your right to file a timely formal appeal, despite inaction on a FLR. The BRT has requested that submission of an appeal be filed by January 31, 2019. Your appeal application, available from the BRT website,
should indicate that you have a First Level Appeal Pending. Any questions regarding your status, contact that Board of Revision of Taxes at 215-686-9283 or Office of Property Assessment at 215-686-9223. 
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting

The committee will meet on Tuesday, 1/22/19, 7pm, at Brandywine BEX, 1 Commerce Sq, (2005 Market St). Click or tap here to view the agenda.
19103 Pipeline Work (Spruce, Waverly, Pine, Addison + 7 Additional Streets)

Beginning the week of January 14, 2019, Philadelphia Gas Works' contractors are scheduled to replace underground natural gas pipeline in our neighborhood.  Locations: 2000 Spruce Street * 2000 Waverly Street * 300 - 400 S 17th Street * 200 - 400 S 18th Street * 300 S Chadwick Street * 1600 Pine Street * 1700 - 1800 Addison Street * 1700 - 1800 Delancey Street * 1700 Lombard Street * 1700 Panama Street * 1700 - 1800 Spruce Street.
Office Closure 

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and the relocation of the CCRA office, CCRA  is closed on Monday, 1/21 and Tuesday, 1/22.  The office  will reopen on Wednesday, 1/23. 
Trash Collection

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, no trash will be collected on Monday, 1/21.  Garbage collection will resume on Tuesday, 1/22.
Volunteer Wanted: Coordinator for Philadelphia City Institute Library Annual Book Sale

The Philadelphia City Institute Library will hold its annual book sale in April and needs a volunteer coordinator. Benefits: First choice of donated books, meet interesting book lovers, contribute to your time to library fund-raising.
Duties: Work with head librarian to schedule dates for book collection and sale; recruit, coordinator, schedule, and work with volunteers on collection and sale days; carry and supervise organization of books; attend book sale, collect payments, and distribute receipts. Experienced volunteers are available to help. Collection days are usually Fridays and Saturdays, from March through April. Time requirements: 12 days, 3 hours each prior to sale plus 5 hours on day of sale.  Qualifications: Coordinator must be reliable, well-organized, and communicate clearly and tactfully. The books are collected in the downstairs Community Room; the coordinator must be able to walk steps. 
Please contact Pat
Help Keep Our Sidewalks Clean 

Each year CCRA uses Neighborhood Beautification contributions to fund a $29,000 contract with the  Center City District for sidewalk cleaning after each weekly trash collection and further to finance our other aesthetic initiatives - tree planting, historic preservation, the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden.  We would be grateful if you could contribute a charitable donation to help cover the costs. Click or tap here  to donate.  If you have already contributed, thank you very much for your generous support. 

Community Events
Free Admission To The Museum of American History to all Furloughed Federal Workers

The Museum of the American Revolution (3rd and Chestnut) is offering free admission to all furloughed federal workers and three additional guests throughout the remainder of the partial federal government shutdown. Federal workers must show valid government ID at the front desk to redeem the offer.
CCD Restaurant Week

Center City District Restaurant Week, presented by Maker's Mark Bourbon and El Tesoro Tequila and supported by OpenTable and Lyft, is more popular than ever and is returning in January for nearly two weeks! From 
January 13-25, 2019, more than 115 participating restaurants will serve three-course dinners for $35 per person and three-course lunches for $20 per person (excludes tax, gratuity and alcohol). New restaurants for this season include Bai Wei, Sedition, Mission Taqueria, Giuseppe & Sons, and Fat Salmon. 

Visit to see the full list of participating restaurants and links to make reservations via OpenTable, and enter for a chance to win a grand prize of dinner once a week for a year at select Center City restaurants and a $500 TD Visa ® gift card valid at any shopping location.

Follow @PhilaRestWeek on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. All menus will be posted in the coming weeks.
For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
Useful Links

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 and personal identification.

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)
Suga Restaurant, 1720 Sansom St. (215-717-8968)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)

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