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  • 31 Oct 2022 1:43 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The trips from NRG Station will be available starting at 10 p.m. after games at Citizens Bank Park courtesy of Miller Lite and Penn Medicine

    SEPTA will offer free rides home from NRG station after World Series games | PhillyVoice

  • 31 Oct 2022 12:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Dear Residents,

    Uncle George Productions will be returning to the neighborhood to do some additional filming for the streaming series, Servant. We are scheduled to be in the vicinity of the 2100 block of Spruce Street on Thursday November 3, 2022. We will be working with a reduced crew and will keep our footprint as minimal as possible.

    No Parking & Street Closure information are outlined below. We kindly ask that residents move their vehicles prior to our arrival. Any vehicles not moved will be relocated to another street in the neighborhood by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

    No Parking:

    • Both sides of 22nd Street between Delancey Place and Locust Street
    • (Tuesday 11/1/22 10pm to Thursday 11/3/22 10pm)
    • Both sides of 21st Street between Delancey Place and Locust Street
    • (Tuesday 11/1/22 10pm to Thursday 11/3/22 10pm)

    Intermittent Traffic Control:

    • Spruce Street between 21st Street & 22nd Street

    As we have done during our previous filming, we will be offering resident displacement parking on the North side of Locust Street between 20th and 23rd Streets, and the North side of Pine Street between 20th and 22nd Streets (parking in the Bike Lane). This parking will be available beginning Tuesday November 1st at 3pm and last until Friday November 4th at 10am. Please Park per the resident displacement parking signs, avoid parking on corners and avoid truck and bus turns.

    To ensure our shoot is completed safely, and with minimal impact to the neighborhood, our production is working closely with the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (215.686.2668). To safeguard the public as well as our cast and crew, we are working under the protocols determined by the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, film industry COVID-19 specialists, and our own Health & Safety Advisory team. All our crew will be tested for COVID-19 prior to filming in your neighborhood. Symptoms will be monitored daily.

    If you should have any questions or concerns about our filming, please call, or look for a Location Department representative on set. As always, we look forward to filming in your neighborhood. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and consideration.


    The Locations Department

    "Servant" Season 4 Locations Department

    Uncle George Productions, LLC

    (484) 823-0021

  • 27 Oct 2022 2:35 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    CCRA hosted a public meeting regarding The Parkway Corporation plans to construct a new 390,000 square-foot residential high-rise at the corner of 21st and Ludlow Streets. The project is “by right” under the Philadelphia zoning code. Almost 50 people attended and had input on the project as part of the Philadelphia City Planning Civic Design Review process. 

    Visit our Youtube Channel to see the presentation and hear questions asked - such as security concerns and other useful information.

  • 25 Oct 2022 12:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Phillies fever is spreading happiness across the region. It's something we can all agree on, it doesn't matter about your political party, how much money you have, or where you live, for now, these precious next couple of weeks we're all part of Phillies nation. 

    Phillies euphoria offering "health escape" for Philadelphia (

  • 21 Oct 2022 12:53 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    Lobster on a Roll

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  • 21 Oct 2022 11:16 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The clothing retailer, located at 1530 Chestnut, H&M, is closing early next year - further shrinking its Center City footprint.

    H&M’s media representatives did not confirm the exact date of closure, but multiple store employees told The Inquirer that the Chestnut Street location would close Jan. 4.

  • 18 Oct 2022 9:10 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Restoring our Historic Building: We have inherited a magnificent building in an incredible area of the city. We have also inherited decades worth of deferred maintenance on the buildings, much of which is not possible to defer any longer. As leaders of this community, we are dedicated to restoring and rebuilding our property to once again be the beacon on the corner of the square. This project will take place in four to five phases. We completed the first phase in 2019-2020, by repairing and refinishing the wall of the parish house next to the parking lot.

    Replacing the Roof: In the next month or so, we will begin phase two: replacing the roof. This project will include replacing all the roofing surfaces on all buildings, including a new glass skylight above the dome. This replacement has been urgent for many years. The Vestry, under the direction from our investment advisors, set aside funds in short term investments or cash from the investments for this project in 2020. This was excellent planning and foresight by the financial leaders of this community and allows us to complete the project without having to withdraw investments during a downturn in the stock market. The project will cost $1.2 million to complete, and will ensure the safety of our beautiful space, the integrity of our soon-to-be installed organ, and the beauty of our sanctuary.

    Plans for the Future: The future stages will address the historic brownstone envelope (exterior walls) of our building, continuing the removal of the cementitious material and restoring the brownstone and intricate detailing to its original glory.

    Inside the church, we have restored the original lock on the front doors of the Sanctuary and repaired the locks to the glass doors to make our entrance more secure. We will be refinishing the floors in the Parish House and hallways, to restore them to their original beauty, and updating the Narthex area to better welcome all.

    The Organ: Construction on our long-awaited organ will begin this week and we expect installation to begin in early 2023. This is a restored organ from First Baptist Church and one of the showpieces of the Möller Organ Company. We can’t wait for it to finally find its home in our space!

    On the Walnut Street entrance of the church, we have already begun restoring and repairing the entrances to the Parish House. The lower entrance (originally the Rectory staff entrance) was damaged during a break-in last year. The gates and stonework will be repaired and restored. The upper entrance to the Church Office and Parish House main floor will also be restored and repaired. Once the Laurel is completed across the street, our trees and sidewalks will be repaired and replaced to make this part of Walnut street beautiful again.

    Technology & Infrastructure Updates: While we are restoring the magnificent space, we also know that we need to lay the foundation within the church and infrastructure for the future. This week we will be upgrading our internet systems and switching to VOIP (voice over IP) for our phone lines. These upgrades will help us to have a more consistent online presence and for people to more easily connect with the staff, even when working remotely. Our Media and Tech specialist has applied for and received grants from the diocese for $5000 to upgrade the camera and sound systems. This includes new cameras and livestream/recording equipment, new microphones and equipment for clergy/officiants, choir, and congregation (great assets for our online services and rental groups).

    We are excited to share all this with you, and encourage you to remember your pledge this year to support the whole of the community. If you would like to make a donation in support of our rebuilding and restoring, please let us know! Or click the button below to give online.

    The Property Committee

    Fatimah Lane, Director of Operations

    Jennifer Flanagan, Sally Griffith, Simson Hui, Susan Leidy, Emily Stromberg, The Rev. Rachel Wenner Gardner

  • 07 Oct 2022 4:21 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

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