1900 Market St Street | 8th Floor | Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 215.546.6719 | email: centercity@centercityresidents.org   Travis Oliver, Managing Director

CCRA Committees


The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the Executive Vice President, the four Vice Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer, 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. The Executive Committee shall have full power to act on behalf of the corporation in all matters requiring attention between meetings of the Board. Whenever possible, such action of the Executive Committee should be made subject to ratification by the Board as soon as reasonably practicable. In such case, the Executive Committee shall as soon as reasonably possible notify the Board in writing of its proposed action. If, within two (2) business days of receipt of such notice, five (5) or more non-Executive Committee members of the Board who otherwise would be eligible to vote on the issue provide written notice of their disagreement with the proposed action, the proposed action shall be suspended until considered at the next meeting of the Board where such consideration is feasible. Motions made by the Executive Committee that are binding on the corporation require majority approval of the full Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall meet prior to each regular Board meeting. Additional meetings may be called, at any time, by the President. The minutes of each meeting of the Executive Committee shall be provided to the Board at or before the ensuing Board meeting.



  •  Assist the Executive Committee and Board in the creation of an organizational budget and its maintenance throughout the fiscal year and beyond. 
  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of CCRA. 


  •  Develop the annual budget with input from all other committees and event chairs;
  • Track and actively manage the budget.
  • Develop a multi-year budget tied to a long-range plan to ensure that there’s continuity between administrations. 
  • Manage audit and 990 process with CPA firm.



  • Assure CCRA has predictable, reliable and sufficient sources of funding. 
  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of CCRA. 


  • Generate $30 K in event sponsorships annually
  • Develop new sources of funding, such as high value donors or foundations, that bring in another $30 K annually 



·       Seek qualified and engaged leaders to nominate as officers and directors who will carry out the mission and programs of the organization.



·       Help recruit and maintain a waiting list of qualified, committed board member candidates.



·       Provide a monthly public forum in which to discuss construction projects that require variances to the City’s zoning code.


·       Obtain decisions at the ZBA that are consistent with our positions

·       Help to direct growth in the CCRA neighborhood that reinforces and strengthens the positive characteristics of the neighborhood and the adjacent commercial corridors.



Recognizing the diversity of residents of Center City West and their changing needs, the membership committee seeks to increase the number of members and better the retention rate across all groups by raising awareness of CCRA’s contributions to the community, promoting the value of our services, and by enhancing the benefits of CCRA membership.


  • Engage members and potential members so that CCRA can serve as a more effective resource and so that CCRA can better respond to members’ concerns;
  • Ensure that CCRA represents all of the community by including under represented groups;
  • Enhance the Merchant Partner & Business Membership programs so that they serve as a more impactful benefit to both the local business community and to CCRA members; 
  • Advance the Stewardship Program to better educate and engage members and involve them in a CCRA committee, volunteer opportunity or leadership service;
  • Create mission-based membership events and/or activities that address the interests of the community and promote the organization and its visibility;
  • Implement best practices striving to be an innovative and leading edge program.



  • ·       To create limited, goal-oriented collaborations within our catchment area, with other organizations which share similar values. Ideally, collaborations will help us move our agenda forward, mobilize stakeholders, and/or increase our ability to influence a greater number of people.



Friends of Fitler Square


Friends of Schuylkill River Park


Friends of Rittenhouse Square


Center city Proprietors’ Association


Rittenhouse Row


Friends of Greenfield School/Greenfield H&S


Philadelphia School


Independence Charter School


Fitler Square Neighborhood Association


Markward Recreation Center Advisory Council



Center City District

Schuylkill River Park Community Garden Steering Committee


  • Develop strong relationships with community-based organizations within CCRA’s footprint
  • Solve problems of mutual concern through collective action
  • Be a more effective advocate for the neighborhood with local elected officials


Mission:  Be a vehicle of communication to the Center City community


·       Engage the CCRA community through the use of conventional and social media.

·       Publicize CCRA activities to our members and others in the territory.

·       To liaison with other committee chairs so that communications can be planned for and executed in a timely manner for CCRA events and programs

·       Recruit members to contribute and write articles of interest for the website, Center City Quarterly, and e-newsletter 

CCRA has the following tools to share our message:

  •  CCRA Website (www.centercityresidents.org)
  • e-Newsletter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Center City Quarterly
  • Marketing, including press releases, PECO Crown Lights, digital ads



·       Publish the Center City Quarterly as an informational newsletter that will include relevant articles, community events, and activities within the CCRA neighborhood for residents of all ages and advertisements that informs residents of businesses serving the neighborhood, and 

·       Intended audience is CCRA members, government officials, related not-for-profit organizations, media individuals, and prospective members.


·       Recruit writers to author articles geared to different age groups with emphasis on young professionals and families to support CCRA’s goal of attracting and retaining this group as members, and 

·       Attract and maintain advertisers.



  • Produces CCRA-sponsored events, often co-sponsored with other like-minded civics, for the benefit of our members and the neighborhood.
  • Events generally fall into one of several categories: informational, fundraising, or fun-raising.
  • Informational events are often marketed under the Community Commons brand, and include candidates' nights and policy discussions such as on AVI, redistricting, etc.
  • Fundraising events include the house tour and celebration of center city living and are very important to the livelihood of the organization.
  • Fun-raising events are almost entirely social, such as the Chili challenge.


  • Create a committee of between 2 and 10 members, depending on the complexity of the event, and
  • Generate sponsors for each event.



·       Create a better understanding of historic preservation issues among the CCRA membership and our community,

·       Encourage sound preservation practices among the building owners in our neighborhood, and

·       Work with the Historic Commission of the City of Philadelphia and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia to our mutual benefit.


·       Advise the Board and Zoning Committee on preservation issues,

·       Write articles for the Center City Quarterly newsletter on topics ranging from sensitive neighborhood beautification to researching the history of properties, and

·       Select a recipient for the annual Bobbie Burke Award, given at the annual meeting for an outstanding preservation project in our area.

·       Nominate relevant properties in the National Historic District (the Center City West Commercial Historic District) to a local district (yet to be named)



·       Establish a link or connection between the resident members and the local police force to improve safety and quality of life concerns. 


·       Provide a means of relaying to residents specific information related to crimes.



·       Examine the zoning in CCRA’s territory, which was modified by the Philadelphia Zoning Code of 2012, to make sure it permits development that conforms with CCRA’s master plan for the neighborhood. 


·       To work with City Council and the City Planning Commission and other relevant departments to develop sound zoning maps for the area.

·       To work with neighborhood residents to ensure public input as the area is remapped over time

·       To suggest modifications to existing zoning standards or permitted uses as appropriate for the area



  • ·       Ensure that the streets and sidewalks in CCRA’s neighborhood are clean and physically safe;
  • ·       Ensure that walls, U.S. mailboxes, big bellies, lamp posts, etc. are graffiti-free; and
  • ·       Ensure that regulations relating to exposed dumpsters are complied with. 
  • ·       Address potholes; abandoned cars and bicycles; and problems with street lights, signs, traffic signals, trash/recycling pick-ups, and snow removal. 
  • ·       Monitor CCRA’s contract with the Center City District for day of trash pick-up sidewalk sweeping and seasonal gingko berry clean-ups.


  • ·       Enhance relationships with the City’s Streets Department and L&I enforcement personnel, and improve graffiti removal efforts, possibly through self-help. 
  • ·       Consider implementation of annual or semi-annual neighborhood clean-up mornings, as well as a campaign to improve neighborhood recycling.



·       Ensure state and local laws regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol are enforced to ensure orderly operations


·       Develop community agreements

Historic Building Designation Taskforce


  • ·       To maintain the historic nature of the neighborhood through designation of buildings presently lacking historic protections


  • ·       to identify properties in the CCRA area not subsumed within the Rittenhouse/Fitler District that are good candidates for placement on the City’s Historic Register
  • ·       to nominate those properties for placement on the Philadelphia Historic Register

Ad Hoc

Ad Hoc committees are developed as needed in response to particular issues as they merit attention.  Examples of ad hoc committees that have met in the past include:



Major Development Task Forces - detailed below:

1.     Major Development Projects and the Task Force

(a)             Introduction:  The primary responsibility for reviewing and forming a position regarding development projects in the district, whether commercial or residential, large or small, resides with the Zoning Committee (ZC).  To the extent that the proposed project impacts a historically significant structure, the Historic Preservation Committee (HPC) will participate in the ZC’s review process as well.  After reviewing the proposed project, the ZC will take one of the following positions: 

  •                                                     i.     vote to not oppose the project;
  •                                                    ii.     vote to not oppose the project with one or more provisos; or
  •                                                  iii.     vote to oppose the project. 
  •                                                  iv.     vote to continue the discussion or table a vote for further consideration at a subsequent meeting. 

The decision of the ZC is subsequently ratified by the board of directors at the next board meeting. 

For all Major Developments (MD), as defined in Section (c) below, affecting the CCRA district, CCRA will apply the review process procedures set forth below in reaching a final position on the proposed development.  Review of a MD project follows the same procedures as the ZC, but is modified in three principle respects:

  •                                                i.          a Task Force, as defined in Section (d) below, is created to oversee the review process;
  •                                               ii.          the general membership is invited to review and comment on the proposed development at a special meeting of the general membership called by the President; and
  •                                             iii.           the board of Directors (BD) of CCRA vote directly on the MD with the input of the Task Force and the ZC, in accordance with the procedures set forth below.  The final position of CCRA will be communicated by letter to be signed by the President.  The letter may take the form of a letter agreement between the President and an authorized signatory for the development team.

(b)             Rationale for the MD Review Process:  The rationale for the MD review process utilizing the Task Force is to simplify and streamline the ongoing interaction between CCRA and the development team.  Unlike small scope projects, a MD requires substantial and ongoing communication between CCRA and the development team that are both impractical and overly time intensive for the ZC to manage.  The rationale for the general membership meeting is give our constituency a first-hand opportunity to review the proposed MD as presented by the development team, and to comment directly to the development team and CCRA.  The general membership meeting forum typically draws greater attendance than a regularly scheduled ZC meeting.  Thus, this forum maximizes the impact of the presentation.  The rationale for a direct and final vote by the BD, rather than a vote by the ZC with ratification by the BD, is to promote a sense of authority and finality to the position adopted by CCRA.  Although no formal appeal process exists whereby an applicant can appeal a decision of the ZC to the BD, such informal appeals have occurred.  The vote by the BD eliminates this possibility. 

(c)             Criteria for Major Developments:  Projects that exceed the ordinary scope in size or impact on the surrounding environment are designated as a MD.  Criteria for considering whether a project is deemed a MD, with the appointment of a Task Force, shall include, among other things: the size and scope of the project; the amount by which the project exceeds the permitted building envelope in bulk and dimension; the height and FAR of the proposed development; the density of the use of the site; and the perceived impact that the bulk and dimension, use/uses or density that the proposed development will have on the quality of life in the surrounding area and the district as a whole.

(d)             Creation of a Task Force:  The President, on the recommendation of the ZC Co-Chairs, or on the President’s own initiative, shall have the authority to designate a proposed development project as a MD project. 

(e)             Appointment of the Task Force:  A Task Force shall typically consist of four members but may consist of as few as three or as many as six members if the situation warrants.  The President shall appoint two board members in good standing to the Task Force and the ZC Co-Chairs shall appoint two ZC members to the Task Force.  The President and the ZC Co-Chairs may appoint themselves as members of the Task Force. The President shall appoint the chair of the Task Force.  If the President or a ZC Co-Chair shall elect to be on the TC, that person shall be eligible to serve as Chair of the Task Force.  The Chair shall be the primary contact with the development team and the President.  

(f)              Duties and Responsibilities of the Task Force:  The primary mission and objective of the Task Force is to guide the development team through the review process with CCRA for the proposed project.  The Task Force is best suited to accomplish this objective because it is a small working group that can meet informally on an as-needed basis and work efficiently with the development team.  The principal responsibilities of the Task Force working with the development team are limited to the following: 

  •                                             iv.          Review of proposed design schemes,
  •                                               v.          Raise issues of potential concern for CCRA, its constituents and the district,
  •                                             vi.          Suggest certain design alternatives, within reasonable limitations, to mitigate the negative impact of the proposed development,
  •                                            vii.          Address specific zoning variances required by the project,
  •                                          viii.          Coordinate and schedule meetings between the development team and the ZC and the BD,
  •                                             ix.          Participate in meetings with the ZC, BD and the general membership,
  •                                               x.          Report objectively on the progress of discussions between the development team, interested parties and the Task Force itself, and
  •                                             xi.          Present the Task Force’s opinions on the proposed development to the ZC and the BD. 

A Task Force is not empowered, nor is it given a vote on the project it is reviewing, other than the vote that each individual Task Force member would otherwise be entitled to cast as a member of the ZC and/or BD. 

(g)             Ongoing Responsibility of the Task Force:  The primary task of the Task Force is to guide the development team through the review process with CCRA to conclusion, when CCRA takes a final and formal position on the MD project.  The Task Force will not be disbanded at such time but will remain in effect so that it may respond on an as-needed basis if and when subsequent issues requiring a response from CCRA arise.  These may be collateral issues that do not require a zoning variance (e.g.: temporary street closures).  Other issues may require zoning approval (e.g.: signage, use variances for commercial tenants, de minimums dimensional changes).  In either case, the President shall determine whether such issue will be reviewed by, and a formal position taken by, the ZC in its ordinary course or directly by the BD.  The Task Force is not empowered to take a position unilaterally on the issue raised.  The President shall also have authority to call for a general membership meeting if the proposed issue creates a significant impact on the district. 


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