Rumble In Rittenhouse: Farnese v. Saval State Senate Debate Live Online, 5/22 @5:30 PM
Join us online for our virtual debate
between State Sen. Larry Farnese and his challenger Nikil Saval,
streaming live Friday Night at 5:30 PM.
We need questions - from you! Usually, we pass out 3x5 cards to collect audience questions, but that won't work. Email us your questions for the hot race by noon on Friday 5/22, at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: debate.
Topic: PA Senate 1st District Debate
Time: May 22, 2020 05:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Plans For The Redevelopment of Freeman's Auction House Are Published
When it was announced that the Freeman's Auction House at 1810 Chestnut
Street was sold and being redeveloped, CCRA reached out to the Developer
(Astoban Investments) and its architect (Cecil Baker and Partners) to
discuss the project. While the redevelopment is as a matter-of-right
and does not require any zoning variances, it will have to be approved
by the Philadelphia Historic Commission. The Developer and its
architectural team were happy to meet with a Task Force appointed by the
CCRA President to review the proposal and provide neighborhood input.
The Preservation Alliance was invited to join the Task Force in this
At the first meeting, the Task Force
conveyed neighborhood concerns about preserving the historic façade and
feeling of the property; not overwhelming the vicinity with a massive
building; using materials which were harmonious with the architecture of
the Rittenhouse Square area; and minimizing adverse traffic impacts.
The Task Force was told that all of those concerns would be incorporated
in the resulting design.
At the second meeting, the Task Force was
shown the proposed project in substantial detail. We were pleased that
the concerns we had raised were addressed appropriately and the
resulting building is tasteful, in harmony with its surroundings and
minimizes adverse effects on its immediate neighbors and the surrounding
streets. This design was proposed in part because of the Developer's
desire to be a good neighbor and because CCRA has developed a history of
working in tandem with developers of major projects for the good of the
The Developer's submission to the Philadelphia Historic Commission's website or can be downloaded from here.
Those wishing to attend the Architectural Committee or the PHC
Commission meetings electronically can find instructions on the
website. The CCRA Board will consider endorsing the project at its June
9th meeting. Please let us know if you have any comments before then.
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Tom Wolf today signed House Bill 327, now Act 21 of 2020, allowing the
temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants or hotels with a
liquor license. The law takes effect immediately.
- Governor Tom Wolf announced that businesses and employees in the real estate industry may conduct limited business-related activities statewide, and provided guidance for this industry to operate in red phase and yellow phase counties. In-person
activities should be scheduled and limited to no more than the real
estate professional and two people inside a property at any time,
exercising appropriate social distancing.
you are struggling financially because of the pandemic you may be
eligible for an emergency cash grant from the PA Dept. of Human
Services. Application are being accepting now through June 2.
Residents can apply online or call BenePhilly at 1-833-373-5868.
- Here's an updated list of area restaurants and businesses. Thank
you all for the continued suggestions and updates. Keep 'em coming! If
you know of any restaurants that are open (or have suspended service),
please notify Travis Oliver.
Visit our special Covid-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Play it Safe this Memorial Day Weekend
Please remember that Philadelphia is still
under a Stay at Home order, but you can still enjoy the holiday. If you
decide to venture out to get some fresh air this weekend, please:
Visit only with those from your household or living unit.
Go toyour neighborhood park if there's one close by.
Park your vehicle in designated parking areas only. Do not drive or park on the grass.
If you need to rest, find a space away from others. Use all available park space.Don't crowd the most popular spots. Find a quiet corner.
Limit your park visits to 60 to 90 minutes to allow others to use our limited park space.
Try not to touch commonly touched objects like benches and handrails.
Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Water fountains are not available.
Don't take part in group sports.
Don't use playgrounds or outdoor exercise equipment.
Keep your dog on its leash. The standard leash is six feet long. This helps maintain safe distance between pet owners. It's also the law!
sure to follow the park rules. These rules are enforced by Philadelphia
Parks & Recreation and the Philadelphia Police Department.
Have a great and safe Memorial Day Weekend!
In observance of the Memorial Day
holiday, no trash will be collected on Monday, May 25. Collection will
resume on Tuesday, May 26. In addition, recycling pickup still remain
on a bi weekly schedule through June 26.
The June 2nd PA Primary is almost here!
If you haven't requested your ballot to vote by mail, don't delay - be sure to
This Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution will pay tribute online
to the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country and
will celebrate the freedoms they fought to secure for future
From Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25, 2020,
the Museum's free online offerings will include a video presentation on
memorialization, an exploration of the Tomb of the Unknown
Revolutionary War Soldier, and make-at-home craft activities.
The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, 2020 Virtual Edition, will
take place online on June 5, 6, and 7. Learn more about the show onWebsite , Facebook, and Instagram
Philadelphia School District to Hold Virtual Graduation for High School Students
The Philadelphia School District says it will celebrate 2020 high school graduates with a virtual ceremony on June 9th.
School Superintendent Dr. William
Hite made the announcement during a Thursday morning conference. The
ceremony will be broadcasted at 11am on television, Facebook and the
school district's website.