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From a Neighbor: I recently moved on the block and this home has Scooby Doo sheets in the windows and also has a broken window with access into the home . My biggest fear is people going in to use … Continue reading
I think it is best to clarify what Abandoned Philadelphia is, and what it is not. The site is intended to provide a forum and means for community residents and other interested parties in Philadelphia to post addresses of blighted properties in … Continue reading
For all of you who are interested in buying Philadelphia’s city-owned properties, be sure to check out the Philly Landworks site. See below, this is directly from the site: This is the starting point for purchasing publicly owned property in … Continue reading
From a reader: After years of 311 reports literally nothing has been done to hold the building’s owner accountable for the condition of his property…. The doors and windows laws are not enforced here as they are elsewhere in the … Continue reading
A Great Success Story of Blight Removal The two iconic Divine Lorraine Hotel signs that sit atop the historic building on North Broad Street will light up again on November 9. “It should be a good time for everyone to … Continue reading
This address has generated a lot of interest since we posted it in 2013, as the neighborhood is really coming up around it, with both The Promise Zone and Drexel’s expansion. In April 2016, the property transferred to Westview Development … Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that this currently vacant parcel will soon be developed into new, productive housing in this burgeoning Francisville neighborhood. It tool more than a year, but the deeds on these parcels have been cleaned up and … Continue reading
Abandoned homes, and urban blight are a huge problem in the city of Philadelphia. This article published by Philly.com about 6 months ago, highlights how gentrification, and urban blight go hand-in-hand. Philadelphia is a city that is constantly changing. Our population is increasing, while our supply of commercial and residential spaces struggles to rise to meet demand.
By recognizing the problem of urban blight, we can report it, and do something about it. I, personally, would like to see Philadelphia become a city that we can all take pride in. Not just a city of socially stratified neighborhoods.
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We don’t think these are “cool,” as Curbed Philly coined them. They are blight, pure and simple, destroying neighborhoods and robbing the city of energy, vitality, and economic activity. What’s cool about that?
We do not advocate the “hobby” of entering abandoned buildings, as it is illegal and extremely dangerous. Nonetheless, as long as some insist on this activity, there will be records of our abandoned buildings.
What they are, of course, are faded glories some of which will be rescued from demolition as Philadelphia’s development and growth continues. Significantly, both Mt. Sinai and the Dreuding Building have received significant investor interest recently and will likely be developed soon. Ditto the Metropolitan, however, the outlook on that is less certain.
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Property Address: 2649 North 17th street Philadelphia, PA 19132
Property Owner: Janae Watson 7712 Woolston Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19150
Outstanding Taxes: $325.75 to date.
Last Paid: 2012
Violations: A total of 6 violations reported on this property a few of these violations relate too: Construction w/o a permit and also Partial Demolition w/o a permit.
This property located in North Philadelphia is a three story row home. From the outside on this property could use numerous renovations to fully complete this as a home. We currently have no eyes on the inside but, with renovations this could be a complete home or a apartment. How would you use the property?
Property Address: 3708 Haverford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104-1822
Property Owner(s): The City of Philadelphia Department of Public Property
Municipal Services Bldg. Room 1030
1401 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1610
Last Sale: 11/13/1985
Sale Price: $1
Taxes Owed: $0
Row 2 Story Masonry
70′ W 37TH ST
Sealed / Structurally Compliant
CMX2 Commercial/Commercial Mixed-Use
This city owned blight is located in the Mantua section of Philadelphia, PA. Mantua recently was chosen as “one of the nation’s first five Promise Zones” by President Obama because of the poverty and many other reasons.
Property Address: 2629 N 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133-1102
Property Owner(s): Bon Management LLC 421 Maplewood Ave Merion Station, PA 19066
Last Sale: 5/26/2010
Sale Price: $5,091
Taxes Owed: $0
Improvement Description: Row 2 Story masonry
Beginning Point: 197′ N Huntingdon St
Exterior Condition: Sealed / Structurally Compliant
Zoning: RM1 Residential/Residential Mixed-Use
Nearly this entire block is vacant. They are not only privately owned properties but also owned by The City of Philadelphia.
Most of the properties on the 2600 block of north 12th street suffers from fire damage.
One stop shopping. That is the goal of the bill that Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law on January 13, 2014, creating the Philadelphia Land Bank. The Land Bank, which is to be fully operational by the end of this year, is intended to streamline and consolidate the process by which the City acquires and sells vacant and tax delinquent properties. The Land Bank will also act as the single repository for the approximately 9,500 vacant and surplus properties currently owned by the City through three separate entities: the City, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation.
The centralizing of properties under the roof of a single entity should make it easier for buyers to purchase land for single lot development and to assemble multiple tracts for larger projects. While the Land Bank should simplify what was a complicated and confusing process, there will still be a process.
Here are some of the high points of the new law:
Alfred R. Fuscaldo is a Director in the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department.
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