Thursday, March 19, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates

Parkway Corporation's Proposed Commercial Building at the corner of 23rd and Market Streets
Virtual Meeting Information
Parkway Development's public meeting will be holding a live stream in lieu of an in-person meeting given the CDC's guidelines on gatherings on:
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020 6pm EDT

  • Meeting number: 740 405 265
  • Password: 3192020
Join by phone for audio
1-855-507-4171 --Conference dial-in number
Access Code 215-665-7206# (Within the US and Canada)

Public Comment will be accepted during the presentation and via email until March 30, 2020. Email public comment regarding this development to: with "Parkway Development" in the subject line.

The presentation will be recorded and after the link is established (a few hours after the presentation is concluded) it will be circulated.

This presentation is related to the developer's appearance before the Civic Design Review board, currently scheduled for April 7, 2020.

PA Senate Campaign Debate Coming to a Screen Near You! 3/25/2020 @ 7PM

CCRA is going online for our debate between PA State Sen. Larry Farnese and Challenger Nikil Saval, since getting together IRL isn't going to happen.  Stay tuned for technical details.  Audience questions have been an important part of CCRA-sponsored debates. Please email your questions to, with "debate question" in the subject line.  Just like IRL debates, questions will be prioritized because there won't be time for all of them. 
Update on CCRA and Covid-19 

It has been reported that earlier this week, the Wework Corp., where CCRA has its office, received notice that an employee at one of the business spaces tested positive for the coronavirus.  The last time the employee was in the office was March 11.  Until further notice, the building, located at 1900 Market St, is closed as Wework does a thorough cleaning and disinfecting.  No date has been set to reopen. 

CCRA is operating with very limited services - which includes processing memberships. If you mailed your membership dues, it will not be processed until the office reopens. If you would like to speak with Travis Oliver please email him at

SEPTA Services

As of today, SEPTA will be operating on a Saturday schedule, 7 days a week until further notice.

Stay Safe!
Earlier this week, we sent this survey to our members regarding your opinions about the issues that concern us all. 

Your opinion is very important to us and will help guide us in prioritizing the issues and concerns of most importance to our center city community. All responses will be anonymous and confidential. 
Please complete the survey by March 20, 2020.  

If you have already taken the survey, thank you.  
Wanted: Board Member Candidates

CCRA is looking to fill several Board seats for our fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020.  Board members generally serve a term of 3 years. The Board is a working Board.  We are seeking CCRA members who have a passion for living in "CCRAville;" are interested in issues of quality of life and community service; and are committed to active Board participation.  Successful candidates must serve on at least one committee and agree to fulfill the responsibilities set forth in our Board Pledge, which includes devoting at least four hours per month on CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing for, monthly Board meetings. See website for full Pledge and list of committees.

Interested members are encouraged to forward a resume or summary of qualifications as soon as practicable to:  CCRA; 1900 Market St., 8th Fl.; Phila., PA   19103 or by email:, with "Board Candidate" in the subject line.
And finally, we would like to say thank you to Pennock Floral, DFW Design, and Fabufloras Design for decorating Rittenhouse Square and putting a smile on everyone's faces 

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Community Events

JEVS Human Services hosts a prom for graduates of their GED program every year. These students dropped out of school, so they have never attended a prom. They have turned their lives around, earned high school equivalency diplomas, and are going on to college or careers. 

If you have any of the dressy items for women or men listed below, please donate them to JEVS Human Services at 1845 Walnut St. 

Donated Items Needed
* Prom Dresses
* Men's Suits
* Men's socks (new)
* Makeup (new)
* Belts
* Costume Jewelry
* Dress Shoes
* Men's Shoes
* Ties / Bow Ties
* Clutches and purses
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.

Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor 
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)
East West Acupuncture, 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
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)
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)
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