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  • 13 Jun 2020 2:38 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Here is a site that tells you time and place of protests in the Phila area.

  • 12 Jun 2020 6:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Philly area will not be moving into the green phase of the State's reopening plan next week.  

    It was speculated that southeastern PA would join the other counties and move to green, but the Gov. announced today, it's not happening. 

    Restaurants are now allowed outdoor seating.

  • 12 Jun 2020 12:48 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Conversations on Race and Racial Justice

    Since 2014, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called the Episcopal Church to look at the roots of racism within the Episcopal Church, and to begin to do the reconciling work of healing and honest conversation within our congregations. Six years later, the calls for the church and people of faith to do this have been magnified, and the need for honest, hard, and reconciling conversations around the issues of systemic, institutional, and individual racism is pressing. The Church of the Holy Trinity has committed to making space for these conversations and connections. We are asking for you to fill out the following survey to gauge interest and receive feedback and resources. Thank you in advance.

    Click here to take survey

  • 11 Jun 2020 4:46 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    The City is committed to ensuring that all Philadelphia restaurants—across all neighborhoods—have an equal opportunity to reopen safely and earn a living by offering outdoor dining. 

    Restaurants that have patio areas on their properties or already have sidewalk café licenses will be able to offer outdoor seating starting Friday, June 12, as long as they follow COVID-19 safety precautions and have current, valid restaurant licenses. 

    New outdoor dining registration forms will be available online by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12 and the City will begin review of sidewalk cafe applications on Monday, June 15. 

    Businesses without existing permits are encouraged to apply for our new outdoor dining options. Registration and approval is required for outdoor dining prior to opening. Learn more here.

  • 11 Jun 2020 4:18 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    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 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.

    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

  • 08 Jun 2020 4:09 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    COVID-19 Business Assistance

    Process to Reopen Pennsylvania
    The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented event that has impacted every part of the globe. All Pennsylvanians – businesses, communities, neighbors – have been affected and the Commonwealth has responded aggressively to the spread of COVID-19.

    As stabilization starts to occur, Pennsylvania plans to proceed with returning to work cautiously. On April 22, Governor Tom Wolf announced his detailed plan for reopening Pennsylvania, categorizing the reopening with three phrases: red, yellow, and green. Phases are based on the conditions in the county, counties, or regions.

    Below we will review what guidance is needed for businesses located in green phase counties.

    Green Phase
    As regions or counties move into the green phase, most restrictions will be eased, and the stay at home and business closure orders will remain suspended to allow PA’s economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.

    Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

    Telework strongly encouraged

    In-person business operations must follow the COVID-19 Business Guidance

    All businesses operating at 50% occupancy in the yellow phase may increase to 75% occupancy

    Child care may open complying with guidance

    Congregate care restrictions in place

    Prison and hospital restrictions determined by individual facilities

    Schools subject to CDC and Commonwealth guidance

    Social Restrictions

    Large gatherings of more than 250 prohibited

    Restaurants and bars open at 50% occupancy with continued implementation of the Restaurant Industry Guidance

    Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50% occupancy by appointment only

    Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged

    All entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) open at 50% occupancy

    Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of the Construction Guidance

    For any questions, contact the Department of Community and Economic Development at 1.866.466.3972 or stay up-to-date with COVID-19 information by visiting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Responding to COVID-19 Guide.





    PA Department of Community & Economic Development |

  • 08 Jun 2020 11:57 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    City offices will re-open tomorrow.  Services for the public remain under the same restrictions that were in place prior to the demonstrations.  City-supported food distributions sites will be open tomorrow as well.  3-1-1 will be open and accepting calls.

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