Cordner has resigned from CCRA's Executive Committee. Donna had been
Executive Vice President, in charge of communications and
membership. She worked diligently in these areas, and was responsible
for our initiating a more robust social media presence and overseeing a
major overhaul of the residential and business membership
categories. We will miss her, but personal and professional obligations
prevent her from continuing. VP Barbara Halpern will assume these
Richard Gross, who had been serving as Secretary, has agreed to be the Executive VP.Rick
also chairs our Development Committee and has participated in several
Major Development Task Forces, activities he will continue to champion.
Nan Robinson will serve as Secretary.
Membership Chair, Michele Ettinger, will be joining the EC. Under our bylaws, per
Article IX, Section A, Paragraph 1, the EC "shall consist of . . . .
and one member of the Board who shall not be an officer and shall be
selected annually by the President with the approval of the Board."
Accordingly, though she must be approved by the Board, Michele would
have all of the rights and responsibilities of the other members of the
By joining the Executive Committee, Nan's board seat is now available.
If anyone knows of a suitable candidate, please have them contact Travis Oliveror call him at 215 546 6719 so we can arrange an interview.
Recently, we hosted a zoning orientation for Board members led by CCRA attorney Wade Albert. His presentation can be found here.
Litwin represented CCRA at the August 12, 2020 Civic Design Review
meeting regarding the Southern Land multi use proposal at 1608-20 Sansom
Street. CCRA voted to not oppose the project, citing the developer's
willingness to work with the community, the stepping back of the
building to accommodate more outdoor activity on the sidewalk, the
articulation of the building design and materials and the contribution
of over $2 million to the Philadelphia Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Those things that go "Vrooom"
We have been receiving reports of loud ATVs
and dirt bikes revving up and down Broad Street and other areas in the
neighborhood through the early morning hours. The police are aware of it. If you continue to hear them, please contact 911 immediately.
Working Group Forming to Rename Taney Street
A group of community organizations
including CCRA, Fitler Square Neighbors and SOSNA has formed a working
group that will lead a community engagement process to choose a new
name for Taney Street. Taney Street is named for Chief Justice Roger
Taney, who delivered the majority opinion in the Dred Scott case.
Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson supports the renaming and will coordinate
with the working group.
- City continues to be in a "modified" green phase
- Testing Site Map: A testing site finder at phila.gov/testing helps
people find a free COVID-19 test in Philadelphia. Anyone can search for
a site by address, click on a map location for specific site
information, and filter by day of week and by drive-thru or walk-up.
Brendan Avvento is a 14-year-old rising freshman at Boyertown High School who suffered a severe cardiac episode in June during a lacrosse practice with his club team, (read more). Brandon has just stepped down from the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). For the entire time his family has been staying at a hotel near the hospital. Their cost to date: $4,000!
will remain at CHOP receiving rehab through November. His family has
just learned about and asked for lodging through HOSTS for HOSPITALS, a
Greater Philadelphia nonprofit which during the time of the pandemic
provides donated, 'private-setting lodging'. e.g., AirBnBs, in-law suites, cottage houses, corporate apartments, a currently vacant homes or apartment, etc.
for HOSPITALS invites everyone to share this message through their own
communication networks, with anyone knowing of a possible lodging unit
to call or email ASAP: 484-380-2999 / firstname.lastname@example.org, (hostsforhospitals.org). They thank you in advance.
PCI Library Info
early August, the Philadelphia City Institute Library branch, 1905
Locust Street, began accepting returns of library materials and
facilitating pickup of library materials. The best ways to find out
about library services and hours are to:
Call 215-685-6621 and listen to the voicemail message.
With its scheduled Sept. 6 re-opening, the
Philadelphia Museum of Art is the final major cultural institution
along the Parkway to provide a date for re-opening. In addition, the
Rodin Museum will also re-open Set. 6. Only the north entrance of the
Art Museum will be open. Both the café and the restaurant will stay
closed. The gift shop will permit a limited number of visitors. http://bit.ly/2PMcGuB
Restaurant Week Returns Next Week with Takeout Option
restaurants will participate in Restaurant Week on Sept. 13 through
Sept. 15. The restaurants are working with the Center City District to
"create a safe experience so residents and visitors can support local
businesses and keep local workers employed."