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At Tuesday's Board Meeting, the CCRA board agreed to hold the 2020 Annual Meeting in two phases, the first phase being an online election of new board members and the second phase consisting of a President's Report, speaker of interest, and questions and answers from the membership.  This will allow us to continue addressing neighborhood concerns and orienting our new board members in this challenging year.

The first phase, the board elections, will be conducted electronically as follows:

1. The slate of nominees for open board seats advanced by the Nominating Committee will be published to all members;  (Please see nominees' link here)

2.  Any member wishing to nominate another member for an open seat shall respond to the published slate within 48 hours, supplying the member's name and biographic details and a picture, if possible;--Accordingly, please submit a name, bio and photo of any additional nominee to  centercity@centercityresidents.org  by Monday, June 15, 5 PM

3. Voting on the revised slate shall be open thereafter for a period of two weeks for all members electronically;--CCRA will send out the final list of nominees on Thursday, June 18; voting will remain open until Thursday, July 2. Please note that ONLY ACTIVE CCRA MEMBERS will be permitted to vote.  If your membership has lapsed, please contact Travis Oliver and he will help you reestablish your membership.

4. CCRA shall publish the names of the successful candidates promptly thereafter.

Second, the balance of the Annual Meeting, including the President's report, other presentations and a discussion of topics of interest to members shall take place within 6 months in person, if allowed, or electronically.
In other Board news, it was reported:
  • that the City was making slow progress on the Recovery Streets proposal, endorsed by CCRA
  • the CCRA Budget for the next fiscal year was adopted, (link here) recognizing a need to raise $32 K in new way
  • the board voted to support the Historic Commission application of 1810 Chestnut Street, otherwise known as the Freeman building, (see letter here)
  • a Major Development Task Force for 2012 Chestnut Street, the former Philadelphia Housing Authority building, will be meeting with the developer soon
Covid-19 Updates

- City Offices have now reopened; including the 3-1-1 line. 

- SEPTA requires all riders to wear face covering and to practice social distancing when you can.  All SEPTA services are running normally except the Regional Rail - which continues to run on a "Lifeline Schedule"

PEUC Program:  If your regular unemployment benefits have expired or will expire soon, you can now file a claim for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program.

Visit our special Covid-19 page on our website for more news and info.

Outdoor Dining is Now Available

Here's an updated list of area restaurants and businesses.  Outdoor dining is now available! If you know of any restaurants that offers outdoor dining, please send to Travis Oliver so he can update the list.  Also, send any updates regarding curbside pickups, cocktails to-go, etc.  Thank you always all for the continued suggestions and updates.
Membership Cards 

Since the office has been closed, is has been very difficult to send out membership card in a timely manner.  If you would like to have your membership card sent to you, Travis will email it.  Once the office reopens, all cards will be mailed. Just a reminder: if you would like your card emailed to you, notify Travis
Construction Notice: 22nd Street 

The CIty has released the repavement plans for 22nd Street. The project will begin during the week of June 15.  The work is to be completed by the end of July and be completed in phases, full street closures and and parking restrictions.

Would you like to join the CCRA Zoning Committee?

The Zoning Committee is now seeking applications to join this active group. Meetings are once a month, and active participation is required.  Community engagement is a must, knowledge of the zoning code can be learned on the job.  Email Operations Manager, Travis Oliver, with the subject zoning committee. 

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Community Info
Actions for change: No budget increase, new use-of-force policies, changes to union contract, and more

The Office of the Mayor release new actions regarding the civil unrest of the City.  To view the action plan, click here

Useful Links

CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
S upport 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.

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)
East West Acupuncture , 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision ,  218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)