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  • 31 May 2020 1:36 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Benjamin Franklin Bridge has been closed until further notice effective immediately for multiple reasons, officials declared Sunday. 

    Among those reasons is a planned march from the bridge to Liberty Bell as a demonstration for justice after the death of George Floyd on May 25. 

    Police activity has been reported at the bridge and the pedestrian walkway has been closed as well. However, officials say PATCO services remains unaffected at this time.

    Delaware River Port Authority officials also stated that Ben Franklin Bridge was closed due to the condition of Philadelphia. Currently, they are trying to restrict anyone trying to come into Center City at this time. 

    Additionally, all streets in Center City have been closed in order to facilitate the clean up process following Saturday's riots. 

    The closure area runs from Vine Street to South Street, from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River.

    SEPTA bus access will also be restricted. Only, residents and business operators of Center City will be permitted access indefinitely to aid the restoration of the city. 

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also announced police activity on I-95 southbound at Exit 20 - Columbus Boulveard/Washington Ave. The ramp has been closed, but it is not known if that is in connection to any protests. 

  • 31 May 2020 1:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The curfew begins at 8pm tonight and ends at 6pm Monday morning.

    Thank you to our friends and neighbors who are cleaning up from last night's chaos.  We are better than this.  And we will get through the stronger than ever.

    #PhillyStrong

    Photo credit: Paula Cohen Buonomo



  • 30 May 2020 8:36 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    ATTENTION* Mayor Kenney has implemented a MANDATORY CITY-WIDE CURFEW effective TONIGHT at 8PM through TOMORROW at 6AM. Only persons with essential duties will be permitted outdoors.

    https://twitter.com/phillypolice


  • 27 May 2020 3:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The PA Senate 1st District Debate with Senator Larry Farnese and challenger Nikil Saval is now uploaded on our YouTube Channel.  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0ypQeu7ADU&feature=youtu.be

  • 27 May 2020 12:32 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    If you are participating in Zoom gatherings or may be in the future, you need to know that Zoom is releasing robust security enhancements and making changes. Here’s everything you need to know to start updating today.

    On April 27th Zoom released Zoom 5.0, setting a new standard in video communications security. After May 30th all Zoom users will be required to upgrade before joining meetings.

    You may be prompted to update when you next open Zoom. You may also go to https://zoom.us/download to update Zoom. You can select the appropriate upgrade for the version of Zoom that you have been using.

    You can learn more about the upgraded security features here: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/zoom-v5-0.html

    To see which version of Zoom you are using open the app and loo at the bottom of the Zoom window. Here you can see Version: 5.0.2 (24046.0510)


  • 26 May 2020 3:16 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    You have until 5pm today to register for your mail-in ballot in order to vote in the June 2 election.  For more information and to register visit this site: https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx


  • 26 May 2020 2:30 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Now you will be able to walk up to a restaurant or food truck and order though you still can't eat inside.  And, yes, you will have to wear a mask.  In fact, we should start getting use to that for the intermediate future. 

    Still, in-person ordering is one step toward relaxing the stay-at-home order that has been in place for months.


  • 22 May 2020 1:06 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


  • 21 May 2020 11:55 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    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.



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