Thursday, May 21, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates

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, subject: debate.

Topic: PA Senate 1st District Debate
Time: May 22, 2020 05:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The debate will be recorded for later playback on Facebook and/or YouTube

Meeting ID: 843 5081 2504
Password: PA1debate

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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 effort.
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 neighborhood.
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.
CCRA Public Zoning Committee Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, May 26, 7pm

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Meeting ID: 835 4893 5713
Password: 597517

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Covid-19 Updates

-  Governor 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.

- If 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 to your 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!
  • Be 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!
Trash Collection

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  

Polling locations will be open on June 2nd, but due to COVID-19, many polling locations have been moved and consolidated.  Check your polling place here, expect lines, and vote safely.
Keeping our Neighborhood Clean and Safe During the Pandemic

Please, help keep our neighborhood clean, beautiful, open and safe with a donation to CCRA's Keeping our Neighborhood Clean, Safe and Green Campaign.
Thank you for everything you do to make our neighborhood better!

Would you like to be a member of CCRA?  It's easy to join.
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For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
Community Info

Pay Tribute Online this Weekend

Photo by Ken Thomas
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 generations. 

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 on Website , 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.

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.
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)
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)


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