Welcome to the Society Hill Civic Association and our new website. This is where you’ll find up-to-date news about our historic neighborhood and the many services we provide the community. The goal of our website is to keep you informed, so we hope you’ll look around and come back often to check the calendar for events such as general memberships meetings, clean-up days, and the annual Society Hill House and Garden Tour, or to see alerts about important issues affecting our community. 

The SHCA represents the more than 2,600 households in Society Hill as well as its many other important stakeholders: historic and religious institutions, schools and neighborhood businesses.  We are made up of a group of volunteers who care about our neighborhood and are working to protect and preserve its historic fabric of buildings and open space while keeping it a safe and attractive place to live and visit.  But we can’t do it alone.  We need your support. I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to get involved, for example, by becoming a Tree Tender or by helping to beautify Washington Square, and if you’re not a member, I hope you’ll join. Your membership dues will help to support our programs and your involvement will help us preserve Society Hill’s unique character.

Thank you for visiting. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at president@societyhillcivic.org or our administrator Matt DeJulio at info@societyhillcivic.org.  We’d like to hear from you.

Rosanne Loesch


5th Street Development

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5th Street Development News Society Hill Civic Association presented the following news on the 5th Street Development at three meetings in the last two weeks: on Monday, May 10th at St. Peter's Parish House (the meeting was moved to Old Pine Church) and at the Board and General Membership Meetings last week Wednesday, May 17th at Pennsylvania Hospital. SHCA has entered into settlement negotiations with the developer, Alterra for both sides of the commercial district on 5th Street between Spruce and Pine Streets. Alterra, which now has ownership of both sides of 5th Street at this location, has proposed the following development: - Keeping the ACME store on the east side of 5th Street with no change to the height of the building - Entering into a long term lease with the ACME - Keeping the exterior of the ACME building the same except for giving ACME the right to build a one story 2,500 square foot addition on the north side of the building (facing the parking lot) - Entering into a long term lease with CVS for use of the entire building on the west side of the street -- the existing stores (State Liquor Store, Food & Friends, and the dry cleaners) would not remain - Keeping the building on the west side of the street the same except for an 11' by 32' "bump-out" on the back of the building near Cypress Street (the northwest corner) The details of the Settlement Agreement are still being worked out. Once the Settlement Agreement has been approved by the three appellant groups (SHCA, and two groups of near neighbors represented by two different attorneys), we will notify the community. Note: the SHCA Board approves agreements on behalf of the association.


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