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Alterra Properties Building at 2012-18 Chestnut St.    
    Virtual Public Meeting Information  
 Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 7 pm EST   
Access the meeting: Zoom info 
Meeting ID: 833 3910 5563
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The Philadelphia Housing Authority ("PHA") has proposed the redevelopment of the vacant, former PHA headquarters located at 2012-18 Chestnut Street. Following a competitive RFP process dating back to 2016, PHA selected Alterra Property Group ("Alterra") and Rheal Capital Management ("RCM") to build a new, mixed-use building with ground-floor retail, market-rate apartments, and "workforce" housing. 
"Workforce" apartments are generally reserved for people who earn 80-100%, or less, of the area median income ("AMI") for the Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area ("MSA"). In this instance, following input from CCRA, the income eligibility limit has since been revised lower to only include people earning 80% or less of AMI and to use only data from the City of Philadelphia in determining AMI. Due to the financial implications of renting 20% of the units at a below-market rate, the district's historic requirements, and the desire to contribute an attractive project to the built environment, the development team has worked through many design iterations to make this project viable. 
Building Summary
  • Address: 2012-18 Chestnut Street
  • Lot Size – 9,200 SF
  • Building Height – 14 Stories / 161’-4'
  • Building Size – 112,130 Gross SF
  • Number of Market Rate Apartments – 130
  • Number of Affordable Apartments – 32
  • Total Apartments – 162
  • Ground Floor Retail – 4,800 SF
Plans will be displayed at the meeting. Public comments will be accepted during and after the presentation thru email until Jan 20, 2021. Email public comments regarding this development to with "Alterra Properties" in the subject line.  
This presentation will be recorded, and after the link is established (a few hours after the presentation is concluded), we will post it to our website and Youtube channel.  The meeting is part of the civic design review for this project". 
CCRA Zoning Committee Report is Ready

The Zoning Committee report from the meeting on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, is ready for review.

The next zoning committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, at 7 pm. The meeting will be held virtually.
CCRA Virtual Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 6 pm

CCRA members are invited to sit in on our monthly board meeting on Tuesday. If you would like to attend, please notify Operations Manager Travis Oliver and he will send you the link to the meeting.
FBI Needs Help Identifying those Involved in Wednesday's Incident in DC
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking help identifying individuals who were part of the unprecedented chaos Wednesday when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. Witnesses are urged to submit information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at
COVID-19 Updates
Community Info and Events
Five Major Museums Re-reopening; here's the details
Need an escape to Civilization? Who doesn’t? The good news is that five major Philly museums will be reopening in January. With limited capacity, masks, and social distancing, of course, but still…. Go love yourself some Art!

Not So Fast: Isaiah Zager’s Mosaics May Survive
Last we heard, Isaiah Zager’s iconic Painted Bride mosaic was being threatened by the wrecking ball as part of the 230 Vine St. building's redevelopment. But hold that wrecking ball, please: Under the latest proposal, developer Shimi Zakin of Atrium Design Group now plans to retain the mosaic as part of the redevelopment. The mosaic’s new neighbors would include 70 residential units, 10 short-term rentals, and ground-floor commercial space.

Philly Street Art in the Year of All Years
2020 was a year like no other and was reflected in Philly street art. Themes of hope, health, and humanity abounded throughout, as the pandemic could not shut down the creative spirit.

Christmas Tree Recycling Program
Be evergreen. Recycle your tree. Help keep live Christmas trees out of the landfill. Please bring them to a drop-off site to return them to good use.

CCRA Merchant Partner Discount/Promotion Program

Please support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount or promotion to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Liberty Pet Vets, 265 S. 20th St (888-458-8587
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
Photo Lounge, 1909 Chestnut St (267-322-6651)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St (215-732-3663) (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
The Bake Shop on 20th, 269 S. 20th St. (215-644-9714)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215-546-7889)
Veda Modern Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St, (267-519-2001)
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 virtual concerts.
Blue Sole Shoes, 1805 Chestnut St, (215-496-9244)
Branzino Italian BYOB, 261 S. 17th St, (215-790-0103)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses a separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture, center city office closed, but you can use the 10% discount at her Narberth office (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
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Philadelphia, PA 19103