Land Bank News Stories

February 12, 2019

PHILADELPHIA LAND BANK ISSUES COMPETITIVE SALES LIST

PHILADELPHIA- February 12, 2019-The Philadelphia Land Bank (PLB) posted 14 parcels for competitive sales.  The deadline for submission is March 13, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.

The addresses for the competitive sales are as follows:

2210 Latona Street

1212 S 17th Street

2014 Manton Street

2044 Titan Street

1309 S 20th Street

2117 Earp Street

2221 Earp Street

1202 S Bucknell Street

1230 S 23rd Street

2533 S 3rd Street

2846 Tulip Street

3058 Joyce Street

537 W Berks Street

6133 Walton Avenue

 

“We have tried to make this process as user friendly as possible,” said Angel Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Land Bank.  “You can see each property for sale, with pictures, on our mapping feature. Other information such as neighborhood, zoning, and square footage are also listed to assist developers in completing the application.”

To review the properties for sale and the application requirements, please visit http://philadelphialandbank.org/Home/Sales .

Please contact: christi.jackson@phila.gov for additional information. To stay informed of the latest RFPs and competitive sales offered by the Philadelphia Land Bank, please visit: http://www.philadelphialandbank.org/About/StayInformed

February 5, 2019

PHILADELPHIA LAND BANK ISSUES A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Quality Affordable Housing Developers Needed for the Grays Ferry Neighborhood

PHILADELPHIA- February 5, 2019-The Philadelphia Land Bank (PLB) is starting 2019 with an affordable housing request for proposals (RFP).

This week, the Philadelphia Land Bank issued an RFP for developers to acquire and develop nineteen (19) parcels located in the Grays Ferry neighborhood for an affordable homeownership project. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.

The site for the RFP consists of the following addresses (collectively the “Development Site”):

 

1327 S 27th Street
2613 Earp Street
2614 Sears Street
2616 Earp Street
2626 Sears Street
2630 Sears Street
2639 Reed Street
2641 Reed Street
2642 Sears Street
2643 Reed Street
2648 Sears Street
2700 Sears Street
2701 Earp Street
2703 Earp Street
2714 Earp Street
2719 Earp Street
2724 Earp Street
2727 Earp Street
2735 Earp Street


“These parcels have been a source of blight on these blocks for a while,” said Angel Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Land Bank.  “We are looking for experienced developers that are committed to building well-constructed affordable housing, and bring new opportunities to this community.”

 

“The Land Bank continues to be strategic partner in revitalizing vacant land across the City,” said Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, 2nd District.  “I am confident that Philadelphia’s housing development community will come up with great proposals to bring much-needed quality affordable housing to this neighborhood.”

 

The complete RFP can be found here: http://www.philadelphialandbank.org/Home/RFP.  Please contact: christi.jackson@phila.gov for additional information. To stay informed of the latest RFPs and competitive sales offered by the Philadelphia Land Bank, please visit: http://www.philadelphialandbank.org/About/StayInformed.

November 26, 2018

Frankel Enterprises Begins Construction on The West Poplar Homes

Plans for 26 Single Family Workforce Homes Unveiled

Frankel Enterprises unveils plans for The West Poplar Homes, workforce housing development comprised of 26 single family homes priced below $230,000, at North 11th and Wallace Streets in the West Poplar neighborhood.  In partnership with Philadelphia Land BankPhiladelphia Redevelopment Authority and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Frankel Enterprises is committed to creating quality housing opportunities for Philadelphia residents.

The West Poplar Homes will feature modern red-brick façades, reflecting the contextual design of the surrounding neighborhood while offering contemporary amenities and conveniences.  The energy efficient three-bedroom, two-bath homes will include stainless steel appliances, sleek fixtures as well as patios and private rear yards. Mural Arts Philadelphia, in conjunction with local residents, will create community-focused public art to echo neighborhood values.

“Investing in Philadelphia’s future has always been paramount to our mission. The West Poplar Homes have a special significance for our company, as we emphasize our focus on opportunities in this city. I am thrilled to partner with Philadelphia Land Bank, while working with City Council President Darrell Clarke to ensure working families have an opportunity to afford high quality housing in their community,” explains Zachary Frankel.

“The Philadelphia Land Bank is excited to partner with Frankel Enterprises to develop over 20 units of workforce housing,” said Angel Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Land Bank. “This development helps place City-owned land back into productive use, while increasing the city’s housing stock. Workforce housing is vital to keeping our communities affordable for working individuals and families in great communities such as West Poplar.”

The West Poplar Homes signify a reenergized focus by Frankel Enterprises in real estate development in Philadelphia. Max Frankel and Zachary Frankel will lead the company’s strategic efforts in the region. Construction financing for the project was provided by The Reinvestment Fund with credit enhancement by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

“These 26 new homes will help ensure working families can continue to plant roots in Philly neighborhoods experiencing price appreciation,” said Council President Darrell L. Clarke, who represents the 5th District and has long championed increasing the City’s affordable housing stock. “Everybody deserves quality, affordable housing, and a chance to achieve economic stability to support child-rearing and plan ahead for retirement. I’m thankful for all of our partners in this endeavor, including Frankel Enterprises, who agree that balanced, equitable growth is not just the right thing to do, it’s the best way to ensure Philadelphia’s long-term health and prosperity.”

Frankel Enterprises will host an informational community meeting on the evening of December 13th at St. Paul’s Baptist Church located at 1000 Wallace Street for residents to learn more about how to qualify for workforce housing as well as lending opportunities. To learn more about The West Poplar Homes, email wphomesllc@gmail.com, call 267-571-8519 or visit WestPoplarHomes.com.

“It is an exciting time to develop in Philadelphia,” explains Max Frankel. “Our family has a rich history of building high quality homes to last generations and we are thrilled to partner with the City of Philadelphia to reactivate vacant property to build high quality homes for working families.”

About Frankel Enterprises

Founded in 1936 by E.J. Frankel, whose work ethic, integrity and creativity launched major projects in Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio and South Florida. Today, Frankel Enterprises is a fourth-generation, family owned real estate development company incorporating planning, financing and construction into an efficient development process. The company is widely recognized for building luxury communities in Florida as well as a legacy of Philadelphia development including The Warwick Condominiums, Kennedy House, William Penn House and 1845 Walnut Street.

About Philadelphia Land Bank

In December 2013, Philadelphia City Council passed and Mayor Nutter signed legislation creating the Philadelphia Land Bank (Land Bank) Since that time it has achieved numerous milestones that improve access to blighted properties for redevelopment purposes. As of July 2016 the Land Bank started acquiring vacant, tax delinquent properties at tax foreclosure sale. In FY18, the Land Bank will continue to align its goals to the goals of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Planning and Development. This will ensure that acquisition and disposition actions support the need for affordable, workforce and market-rate rental and homeownership opportunities in Philadelphia as well as expand green space as side yards or community gardens and support commercial and economic development. The proposed acquisition processes and program criteria will lead to a more transparent Land Bank and elevated levels of production.

July 2018

“Philadelphia Land Bank Solicits Proposals for Seven Parcels on Market Street” Press Release, July 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – This week, the Philadelphia Land Bank posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for seven parcels on Market Street. These parcels include 5107, 5109, 5111, 5113, 5121, 5123, and 5125 Market Street (collectively referred to as the “Development Site” in the RFP).

“These parcels have been a source of blight in this community for a while,” said Angel Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Land Bank.  “We are looking for qualified developers with innovative ideas on how to put this land into productive use, and bring new opportunities to this community.”

“The Land Bank is a strategic partner in revitalizing vacant land,” said Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, District 3.  “I’m excited because I am confident that Philadelphia’s development community will come up with some creative ideas to bring additional revitalization to this neighborhood.”

RFP Submission Timeline:

Event Date
RFP Posted July 9, 2018
Pre-Submission Conference July 23, 2018, 10:00 am
Questions/Requests for Information Due* July 27, 2018 4:00 pm
Questions & Answers posted to Land Bank website August 3, 2018
Submissions deadline August 17, 2018 by 4:00 pm
Developer Interviews Request Developers Tentatively Hold Date Open Week of September 3, 2018
Developer(s) Selection Target Date September 17, 2018

 

The complete RFP can be found here: http://www.philadelphialandbank.org/Home/RFP.  Please contact: christi.jackson@phila.gov for additional information on the RFP. For press/media inquiries, please contact Jamila.davis@phila.gov.

 

August 2017

City of Philadelphia Announces New Executive Director for Philadelphia Land Bank” Press Release, August 22, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – Today the Land Bank appointed Angel Rodriguez the Executive Director of the Land Bank.

As Executive Director, Mr. Rodriguez will oversee the strategic redevelopment of Philadelphia’s publicly owned surplus vacant property.  This includes facilitating programs and processes that increase affordable housing, economic development, reduction of blight, and community gardens.

Mr. Rodriguez currently serves as the Vice President of Community Economic Development for Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM). His responsibilities include managing APM’s housing development in Eastern North Philadelphia, community outreach efforts, Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), and the Sustainable Communities Initiative. He currently is on the Housing Advisory Board of Philadelphia and the board of the Food Trust. Mr. Rodriguez sat on the Land Bank Board prior to his appointment.

“Angel has extensive experience turning vacant land into productive uses,” said Anne Fadullon, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Philadelphia. “His background in economic development, affordable housing, and community outreach will be invaluable to the Land Bank.”

“I am excited to have found a new way to make a difference for people and communities in Philadelphia,” said Mr. Rodriguez.  “I look forward to working with the dedicated professionals working to repurpose land and transform neighborhoods across Philadelphia.”

Mr. Rodriguez starts as Executive Director on September 11, 2017.

Three new board members have also been appointed to the board by Mayor Kenney. They are Dominique Casimir, Deputy Director for Real Estate in the Department of Public Property; Christian Dunbar, Deputy City Treasurer; and Lauren Vidas of the South of South Neighborhood Association.

“Dominique, Christian and Lauren bring experience in property disposition, finance and neighborhood issues to the board,” said Anne Fadullon. “Their expertise will be invaluable as the Land Bank continues to ramp up its activity.”

The new board members will replace Fred Purnell, Anjali Chainani and Anna Shipp. Mr. Rodriguez will resign his board position prior to the September board meeting. City Council will appoint a replacement.

March 2017

“Philadelphia City Council Approves 2017 Land Bank Strategic Plan” Press Release, March 9, 2017

PHILADELPHIA- The Philadelphia City Council approved the Philadelphia Land Bank’s 2017 Strategic Plan today. With the approval the Land Bank’s revised acquisition and disposition policies will take effect.

The Strategic Plan analyzes market conditions and resident needs and identifies opportunities where publicly owned land can support housing, green space and other reuses.  It can be found HERE.

“City Council, along with the advocacy community, were critical partners in developing the Strategic Plan,” said Anne Fadullon, director of the City’s Office of Planning and Development. “With Council’s support we look forward to implementing the Plan.”

The Strategic Plan includes a target for the acquisition of 1,650 privately owned tax delinquent parcels over the next five years. These parcels will in turn be conveyed to new owners for affordable and market-rate housing, business expansions, community gardens and side yards.

Over those same five years the Land Bank will seek to return nearly 2,000 properties to productive use. More than 1,200 of those properties are expected to become homes, with nearly 650 targeted to lower-income Philadelphians.

“This strategic plan articulates City Council’s goals to allow residents to acquire vacant properties that they have maintained for years,” said Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, who introduced and sponsored Council’s resolution to approve the plan.  “We will revitalize our neighborhoods by transforming these blighted spaces into productive use.”

“The Strategic Plan strikes an appropriate balance between economic development, affordable housing and green spaces,” said Council President Darrell Clarke, who cosponsored the resolution. “This year the Land Bank has already disposed of properties for these uses and approved sales worth more than $1 million. This Plan will continue that momentum.”

The approved acquisition policy outlines the criteria for the Land Bank to acquire vacant tax delinquent parcels for redevelopment, side yards, business expansion, affordable housing and other neighborhood uses. The disposition policy covers buyer eligibility, redevelopment expectations, pricing, sales processes and community garden criteria.

“A key goal of this Strategic Plan is transparency,” said Fadullon. “We want everyone to understand how the Land Bank operates, and we’re grateful to Council for their support in this effort.”

In addition to approving the Strategic Plan, Council today introduced legislation to reduce Land Bank operating costs, streamline Land Bank lease procedures and reduce costs for developers acquiring Land Bank property for affordable housing and homeowners acquiring low-cost side yards. The legislation is cosponsored by Councilwoman Sánchez and Council President Clarke.

January 2017

“Philadelphia Land Bank Board Approves 2017 Strategic Plan” Press Release, January 19, 2017

PHILADELPHIA- The Philadelphia Land Bank Board has approved the Land Bank’s 2017 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will now be submitted to City Council for its consideration.  The Strategic Plan analyzes market conditions and resident needs and identifies opportunities where publicly owned land can support housing, green space and other reuses, and can be found HERE.

“The 2017 Strategic Plan provides goals for the Land Bank and guidance to those who will do business with it,” said Anne Fadullon, director of the City’s Office of Planning and Development. “Our goals include targets for the acquisition and disposition of properties.”

The Strategic Plan includes a target for the acquisition of 1,650 privately owned tax delinquent parcels over the next five years. These parcels will in turn be conveyed to new owners for affordable and market-rate housing, business expansions, community gardens and side yards. At the Jan. 19 meeting, the Land Bank Board approved the Strategic Plan and approved the first sale of a property acquired via Sheriff’s sale for a business expansion.

Over the next five years, the Land Bank will seek to return nearly 2,000 properties to productive use. More than 1,200 of those properties are expected to become homes, with nearly 650 targeted to lower-income Philadelphians.

“We heard from the public about the need for affordable, accessible housing and we listened,” said Tania Nikolic, interim executive director of the Land Bank. “After recieving public input, we doubled our goal of properties targeted for the lowest income families.”

The Strategic Plan also includes other elements to support property reuse. The Land Bank’s new acquisition policy specifies when properties can be acquired, and the disposition policy enables long-term or permanent property use for community gardens.

“The acquisition and disposition policies support the goals set out in the plan,” said Nikolic. “The policies provide clarity on the reuse of parcels so that people looking to acquire properties know what they can and can’t do.”

Under the Land Bank ordinance the Strategic Plan is submitted to City Council for its consideration. The Land Bank’s existing Strategic Plan will remain in place until Council approves the new Plan.

December 2016

Philadelphia Land Bank Issues Strategic Plan 12-22-16” Press Release, December 22, 2016
The Philadelphia Land Bank has issued its 2016 Draft Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan analyzes market conditions and resident needs and identifies opportunities where publicly owned land can support housing, green space and other reuses.  The Strategic Plan can be found at http://wp.philadelphialandbank.orgabout/strategic-plan/.

June 2016

Philadelphia Land Bank Issues Workforce Housing RFP Press Release, June 1, 2016
The Philadelphia Land Bank today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop workforce housing on eight vacant properties in Francisville. The first of several workforce housing RFPs to be issued this year, the goal is to preserve affordable housing options in a rapidly appreciating neighborhood.

December 2015

“Mayor Nutter Transfers First Properties to Philadelphia Land Bank.” Press Release, December 9, 2015
Mayor Michael A. Nutter electronically transferred the deeds for 150 properties into the Philadelphia Land Bank’s inventory from the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC), the first of approximately 650 PHDC properties that will be transferred to the Philadelphia Land Bank by the end of the year. In total, the Land Bank will receive 225 properties from PHDC this week.

September 2015

“This City Turns Brown Into Green, Just as the Pope Wishes.” National Geographic Magazine, September 25, 2015
“Pope Francis has written eloquently about the human need for green space: ‘We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass, and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature.’ He chided cities for providing ‘beautiful and carefully manicured green spaces in so-called safer areas of cities, but not in the more hidden areas where the disposable of society live.’ But when the pope visits Philadelphia this weekend, he will be touring a city that is striving to ensure that its green space extends to all 1.5 million of its citizens . . .”

January 2015

“Urban Farmers Look To Land Bank For Help Holding On To Property,” Hiddencity.org, January 30, 2015
“When lawyer Amy Laura Cahn joined the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia in 2011, she took over for her predecessor who was in the midst of combating poor air quality issues in the Hunting Park neighborhood.”

“Mayor Nutter appoints new Land Bank board members,” Philadelphia Tribune, January 29, 2015
Mayor Michael Nutter announced Jennifer L. Rodriguez and Christian S. Dunbar as the latest appointees to the board of the Philadelphia Land Bank, the city’s plan to ultimately return community control lots and other properties the city has seized due to tax delinquency.

“Two New Members Join Philadelphia Land Bank Board,” City of Philadelphia Press Release, January 26, 2015
Jennifer I. Rodríguez and Christian S. Dunbar joined the Philadelphia Land Bank Board for its January 26th Board Meeting.

“Planning Commission approves Land Bank plan,” Plan Philly, January 21, 2015
The City Planning Commission added its approval to the first strategic plan for the Philadelphia Land Bank on Tuesday.

“Land Bank Deposits,” Plan Philly, January 12, 2015
The Philadelphia Land Bank is our city’s best hope for combating the city’s pernicious blight and vacancy.

“Mayor makes appointment to land bank board,” Philadelphia Tribune, January 8, 2015
Mayor Michael Nutter has named five appointees to the Philadelphia Land Bank Board.

December 2014

“Do wishes come true? 2014 review,” Plan Philly, December 30, 2014
“This year the Philadelphia Land Bank edged closer toward full operations: the Land Bank Strategic Plan was developed and was adopted by City Council and a permanent board was appointed.”

“City Council Panel OKs ‘Strategic Plan’ for Philly Land Bank,” Philadelphia Daily News, Jenny DeHuff, December 2, 2014
“The proposed master plan for the Philadelphia Land Bank cleared a major hurdle yesterday when it gained the approval of City Council’s Public Property and Public Works Committee.”

Daily News Editorial: No Vacancy, December 2, 2014
City Council’s Public Property Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today on a resolution to officially establish a Philadelphia Land Bank.”

November 2014

“City’s vacant lots, properties may soon become history,” Philadelphia Tribune Editorial, November 2, 2014
“The Philadelphia Land Bank — tasked with transforming tax-delinquent and vacant lots and properties into viable community spaces and for–development tracts — is awaiting final act on legislation that would give the group full authority to continue its work and officially launch in 2015.”

October 2014

“Philadelphia Land Bank Board Approves Strategic Plan,” Plan Philly, October 30, 2014
The Philadelphia Land Bank Board today approved the Land Bank’s Proposed Strategic Plan.”

“Land Bank Holds Meeting on Strategic Plan,” Plan Philly, October 15, 2014
“The Philadelphia Land Bank held a hearing Wednesday afternoon to solicit public input on a draft of its strategic plan, which was developed by Interface Studio and a coalition of advocacy groups and released to the public earlier this month.”

“Philadelphia Land Bank releases plan to tackle vacancy,” Plan Philly, October 1, 2014
“The Philadelphia Land Bank, a nascent agency organized to streamline the redevelopment of thousands of Philadelphia’s vacant and tax-delinquent properties, released a draft of a strategic plan on Wednesday recommending a number of goals the new body should pursue over the next five years.”

“Infographic Shows Philly’s Plan for 32,000 Vacant Properties,” Curbed, October 1, 2014
“Know of a vacant lot or building in your neighborhood? After months of anticipation (and one brief official meeting), the powers behind the Philadelphia Land Bank teamed up with Interface Studios to come up with a plan to successfully reintroduce these properties into good use”.

July 2014

“Philadelphia Land Bank Holds Its First Meeting,” Plan Philly, July 31, 2014
“It took more than ten years of conversations for Philadelphia to form a land bank, but the first public meeting of the agency’s board was over in about ten minutes.”

“What is a Land Bank?” NewsWorks, July 15, 2014
“Land banks are a tool designed to help local governments return abandoned and tax-delinquent properties in their jurisdictions into productive use.”

May 2014 

“What’s Happening with the Land Bank?” Philadelphia City Paper, May 30, 2014
“Nearly half a year after the signing of the legislation to create a land bank in Philadelphia, board members are about to select a team to create a “strategic five-year plan” for reusing the city’s massive collection of publicly owned vacant land.”

“Land Bank Updates: Strategic Planning and VPRC Transparency,” Plan Philly, May 12, 2014
“Philadelphia is inching toward realizing its Land Bank, signed into law by Mayor Nutter in January.”

March 2014

“A Diverse Coalition Made Philly’s Groundbreaking Land Bank a Reality,” Flying Kite, March 4, 2014
“Philadelphians celebrated in January when Mayor Michael Nutter signed our city’s Land Bank bill, but residents might not realize exactly what made the bill so historic.”

January 2014

“Mayor Signs Land Bank Bill Into Law,” Philadelphia Daily News, January 14, 2014
“With the stroke of his pen, Mayor Nutter signed the land-bank bill into law, making Philadelphia the largest U.S. city to have a streamlined procedure for land disposition.”

“Potentially Transformative Land Bank Becomes Reality,” NBC10 Philadelphia, January 13, 2014
“Years of hard work is finally paying for groups working towards transforming blight in Philadelphia.”

“Philadelphia Aims to Fight Blight Through New Land Bank,” Associated Press, January 13, 2014
“A newly created land bank will make it easier to manage, sell and rehabilitate thousands of vacant properties that have become community eyesores, tax liabilities and magnets for crime, Philadelphia officials said Monday.“

“Philadelphia Forges Plan to Rebuild From Decay,” New York Times, January 1, 2014
“On a desolate North Philadelphia street, an isolated block of five Victorian rowhouses is surrounded by vacant lots and a commuter rail line.”

December 2013

“Nutter Vows to Sign Bill Aimed At Getting Vacant Properties Into Hands of New Owners,” CBS Philly, December 16, 2013
“One of the most vexing issues facing Philadelphia is what to do with tens of thousands of vacant and abandoned properties.”

“Land Bank Passes in City Council,” Philadelphia Business Journal, December 13, 2013
“Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved the creation of the Philadelphia Land Bank.”

“Land Bank Reform Critical,” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 11, 2013
“As City Council negotiates the final details around a Philadelphia Land Bank it’s important they stay focused on a key goal of this historic reform: transforming our vacant and blighted properties into opportunities for jobs and economic growth”

“Philadelphia Lawmakers Compromise on City ‘Land Bank’ Plan,” CBS Philly, December 5, 2013
“City Council members have reached what officials are calling an “historic” agreement to rein in a longstanding Philadelphia problem: how to dispose of tens of thousands of vacant properties and lots.”

“In Blight Fight, Philadelphia May Be Biggest City to Create a Land Bank,” Governing.com December, 2013
“Land banks have become an increasingly popular tool for cities dealing with empty lots and abandoned property.”

November 2013

“Empty Land, Full of Plans: Bill Would Consolidate Vacant Land,” Metro Philadelphia, November 4, 2013
“A City Council committee gave preliminary approval to a bill which would start a city land bank.”

October 2013

“Phila. Council Committee Says Yes to a Land Bank,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 29, 2013
“After years of talking the talk about getting a land bank in Philadelphia, where blight scars entire neighborhoods, City Council started Monday to walk the walk.”

“Land Bank Plan Moves Forward,” Philadelphia Business Journal, October 29, 2013
“A plan to create a central agency dedicated to facilitating the sale of vacant lots or empty buildings in Philadelphia has taken a step forward.”

“Land Bank Proposal Moves Forward in City Council,” CBS Philly, October 29, 2013
“City Council is moving ahead with a new way of dealing with the tens of thousands of vacant properties in the city.”

“Philly Takes a Stab at Ending its Blight Epidemic,” NewsWorks, October 25, 2013
“Philadelphia’s glut of abandoned properties isn’t just ugly.”

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