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  • 01 Mar 2021 8:12 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Councilperson Squilla has introduced Bill 2100181. Per the Inquirer, the Bill was created  to address situations where the operation of “air B and Bs” have generated quality of life complaints – most frequently, disruptive and noisy social gatherings.  Currently affected neighbors find it difficult to find a “buck stops here” owner to whom they may address their concerns. 

    Bill 2100181 eliminates the licensing exception for owners who rent out for less than 90 days a year. The Bill’s  Limited Lodging License must be obtained by any owner or subletting  tenant who engages in a temporary rental  even if only for a few weekends each year.  To qualify for such a license, the name and mailing address of each person with a substantial ownership interest in the subject  property must be registered. Where a corporation or other entity rather than a natural person holds the deed or lease, the name and mailing address of the natural person(s) owning  a substantial interest in the ownership entity must be presented in the registration.  Further, operators of Limited Lodging units must retain City licensed  booking agents provide the City with the street address of each Limited Lodging property and the length of stay and price of each booking and advertisements or marketing materials must contain the booking agent’s license number.

  • 26 Feb 2021 2:57 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Retail stores increased capacity.

    Senior centers can open - only with KN95 or double masking

    Restaurants can have up to 6 at a table outdoors.   Indoor capacity up to 50% provided the restaurants meet ventilation standards.

    Food is allowed in theaters.

    Large outdoor venues limited to 2500 people.

  • 24 Feb 2021 11:55 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Thursday, February 4, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a plan that would provide a major boost to education spending in Pennsylvania.

    Wolf proposes $1.3B investment in education with funding reforms, new spending | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

  • 23 Feb 2021 1:47 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, February 22, CCRA held a public community meeting via zoom regarding the building of 2300 Market Street.  The developers are Lupert-Adler Properties. This location is where the Culinary School used to be.  It sits next to the new Aramark Building on Market St.  To see the plans of this project, visit here.  To view the meeting, visit our YouTube channel.


  • 23 Feb 2021 10:38 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Returning MLK Drive to “normal” — a high-injury-prone speedway that cut the people of Philadelphia off from the Schuylkill Waterfront — just isn’t an option.

    https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/martin-luther-king-drive-mlk-closed-pandemic-bikes-20210222.html

  • 22 Feb 2021 2:35 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As mayors of Pennsylvania cities, we witness the human toll the pandemic takes each day it stretches on. We see families losing loved ones, jobless workers struggling to make ends meet, kids stuck at home and isolated, and businesses closing their doors for good. Across our Commonwealth, residents continue to suffer.

    We see this pain every day. We see it in the family waiting in the snow for their weekly box of food, the elementary school student who hasn’t signed on for online learning in weeks, and the small business owner who has finally laid off their last two employees after fighting to stay open for months.

    It’s time for our Congressional leaders to step up.

    Read the full article written by, Mayor Paige Cognetti (Scranton), Mayor Jim Kenney (Philadelphia), Mayor William Peduto (Pittsburgh), Mayor Derek Slaughter (Williamsport), and Mayor Danene Sorace (Lancaster) below. 

    Contact your Congressional representatives and encourage them to support a swift passage of the American Rescue Plan so we can beat back the virus and pursue a speedy and inclusive recovery.

    The American Rescue Plan


  • 22 Feb 2021 11:41 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia on Monday opens a new set of mass vaccine sites for eligible residents. The city Health Department will operate the invitation-only clinics, with plans to vaccinate about 500 people at each one.

    https://whyy.org/articles/philly-opens-three-new-mass-vaccine-sites-monday-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

  • 21 Feb 2021 4:15 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia radio legend Cody Anderson has died.

    a close up of a sign

    Anderson passed away on Saturday, officials said.

    Anderson was part of the WURD family for years, first as General Manager and most recently as a beloved host, mentor and friend, according to a Facebook post from the station.

    Philadelphia radio legend Cody Anderson dies (msn.com)


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