Friday, August 28, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

  Center City Residents' Association | 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Save Sigma Sound! The Battle Continues
Save Sigma Sound! The Battle Continues 
A delay in adding the building housing Sigma Sound Studios, located at 200 N. Broad St, to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places was granted to the building’s owner, Nino Tinari. Sigma Sound was the home of Philadelphia International Records which created the “Sound of Philadelphia” as produced by legends Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell in the 1970’s. Tinari wants to build condominiums on the site. An effort is being made to keep the building intact by designating it a Historic Place.
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Summer Break
In observance of the Labor Day holiday and to give our Operations Manager a break, CCRA will be closed from Monday, August 31, through Monday, September 7. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 8. All calls and emails will return on 9/8. If it’s urgent, please send an email at and someone will respond.

Local Eateries Close
Center City’s Last 24-hour Diner Closes The Midtown III diner – Center City’s only 24-hour diner has closed for good. Located at 18th and Ranstead Sts., it fell victim to the pandemic and the resultant lack of foot traffic from Center City offices and late-night crowds. The Midtown III had served Philadelphians round-the-clock for 35 years. (
Le Bus Bakery - The popular bakery on 129 S.18th St is closing. Their last day is Friday, Aug 28. For decades, Le Bus Bakery has been serving fresh bread to locals and visitors. They will be missed.
Community Info and Events
COVID-19 Updates
City continues to be in a "modified" green phase

PA shares updates on COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, county transmission levels, and cases traced to businesses

No Fall sports for Philly-area Catholic High School students.

Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Only 5 weeks left to complete the 2020 Census 
You (and everyone you know) can fill out the census at 
Census Facts: 
  • Did you know, completing the 2020 Census takes just 10 minutes, and will have an impact on the city for the next 10 years?  
  • If just one person is missed in the 2020 Census count, Philadelphia could face the loss of $21,000 in federal funding over the next ten years. If an undercount happens, the city’s capacity to meet the needs of its residents will be seriously impacted.    

Take action to improve your community and complete the Census! 
Museum Re-openings: What you need to know
Most, if not all, Philadelphia museums have re-opened or will be doing so soon. Requirements include masks, social distancing and no more than ten people in a room at a time.
Indoor Dining Resumes Sept. 8
After nearly a six-month ban, indoor dining in restaurants will be permitted beginning Sept. 8. Among the restrictions are: a 25% maximum restaurant capacity; no more than four diners at a table; and diners must be at least six feet apart (or have an impermeable barrier between them).
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.

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)
Veda Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St (267-517-2001)
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.

1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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