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Pearl Properties Commercial Building at 113-121 S. 19th St.
Virtual Public Meeting for Community Design Review
Pearl Properties public meeting will be holding a live stream instead of an in-person meeting given the CDC's guidelines on gatherings on:
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, 7 pm EDT
Access the meeting:
Join by phone for audio
 646 558 8656 - Conference dial-in number
 Meeting ID: 862 0504 8913
Passcode: 986498

Public comments will be accepted before, during and after the presentation, thru email until October 8. Email public comments regarding this development to: with "Pearl Properties" in the subject line.
The presentation will be recorded and after the link is established (a few hours after the presentation is concluded) it will be circulated.
Utilize A Questionnaire To Improve Our Public Spaces

CCRA has prepared the linked Sidewalk Conditions Survey to elicit reports as to observed instances of offensive and/or threatening behavior on the sidewalks of Center City West. 

We are distributing the survey to our membership and to  residents of high rises between Broad Street and 20th, which have been participating with CCRA members in a "Sidewalk Conditions" initiative. Use can also find the link under "Useful Links" in the enewsletter. The goal: to obtain data as to the time, location, and nature of any problematic public space activity. The data will be used to educate and inform City officials as to neighborhood concerns in Center City West. 
Two new merchants join CCRA's Member Merchant Program
Seafood Unlimited
Wednesday night is $22 Lobster Night for members of CCRA. Seafood Unlimited is located at 270 S. 20th Street

The restaurant offers fresh seafood on a daily rotating menu, but they’re offering this lobster lovers special for you. So, wash off your favorite bib, gather a few friends and celebrate Wednesday because it’s Luscious Lobster Night for CCRA at Seafood Unlimited. Get crackin’ any Wednesday night thru October. Ask about our monthly CCRA promotions. Just to let you know, we still sell fresh fish, bottles of wine & beer to go.
Blue Sole Shoes

The only things bolder than the bright orange walls of Steve Jamison’s boutique are the shoes on the shelves – washed alligator sneakers from Italian brand Dami, colorful kilim loafers by Res Ipsa, funky Jo Ghost boots, burnished blue leather Magnanni monk-straps. But don’t wait too long to make a purchase: Jamison only ever buys one size run-through of each pair, so when a shoe is gone, it’s gone. 1805 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103; 215-496-9244; and CCRA members get an additional 10% off any non-sale items at time of purchase. Offer good through November 18. CCRA membership card must be presented.
Scam Alert!

CCRA has been notified that an email is being circulate from President Maggie Mund asking for gifts card donations. We are not soliciting to gift card donations.

If you received this email DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS. Delete it immediately!
Community Info and Events
COVID-19 Updates
City continues to be in a "modified" green phase

Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia Opens

Despite the pandemic headwinds plaguing the hospitality industry, the much-anticipated Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia opens in October. Situated at 1620 Chancellor St., the venue features 332 rooms, 22 of which are suites. The development has been five years in the making.

Census deadline extended to Oct 5.
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! 
Philly Launches StreetSmartPHL

The StreetSmartPHL platform answers the question, “Are you Street Smart?” by connecting Philadelphia to near real-time information related to permits, paving, snow plowing, and daily trash and recycling collections. StreetSmartPHL is the City’s first online “smart” tool designed to give residents, visitors and businesses direct access to the Streets Department’s core services.
Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia Opens

Despite the pandemic headwinds plaguing the hospitality industry, the much-anticipated Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia opens in October. Situated at 1620 Chancellor St., the venue features 332 rooms, 22 of which are suites. The development has been five years in the making.


Excursions from the Square invites you to join our private tour of RITTENHOUSE SQUARE. Our tour will focus on the grand homes, elegant townhouses and public buildings that still remain against the backdrop of more contemporary apartment buildings, shops and restaurants.COST: $20 All proceeds for this EXCURSION will be donated to the PRESERVATION ALLIANCE. The tour is limited to twelve participants. For more information, please call 215 738 4500 or email

Independent Movie Theaters Struggle to Reopen

Area independent movie theaters are having a rough go attempting to reopen. While Pennsylvania theaters are now allowed to reopen, the 25-person max is not financially viable, nor is the streaming of movies, all of which reflects the difficulties of the film industry in general.

Legal Aid Agencies Withdraw from Equal Justice Center

The coronavirus claims yet another institutional victim as 14 civil legal aid agencies have announced they are withdrawing from the Equal Justice Center at 8th and Vine Sts. due to the impact of Covid-19. It leaves the future of the mixed-use project in doubt, as the Center was the project’s anchor.

The Rosenbach Museum Reopens!

After more than six months of closure, The Rosenbach, located at 2008 Delancey St, is reopening to the public on October 20. With safety precautions in place, visitors will get a chance to see the recently renovated garden filled with flowers and plants that connect to The Rosenbach’s collection of literature, as well as the new exhibition Manjiro: Drifting, 1841–2020 and the newly-acquired miniature model of John Fleming’s library. Timed tickets are required to maintain safe social distancing. Learn more.
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.

Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St (215-732-3663)
The Bake Shop on 20th, 269 S. 20th St. (215-644-9714)
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.
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 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)
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)
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)

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Philadelphia, PA 19103