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Vacant Property

    • North Marshall Street, East Poplar

Blighted East Poplar block to be built out with 'workforce housing'

A drab block of North Marshall Street in East Poplar could be revitalized with “workforce housing” under a Redevelopment Authority agreement that’s heading to settlement. Under the plan, BMK Properties would…

    • The former Buck Hosiery factory's rubble and charred remains.

Nutter budget would bolster L&I, expand vacant property unit

In his final budget proposal as mayor, Michael Nutter is recommending a $5.5 million increase for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the agency responsible for enforcing the building and zoning…

    • Albion Mills, Hagert and Jasper

Developers seek zoning change for mill redevelopment in Kensington

Last month, Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a zoning bill that would allow for an abandoned mill building in Kensington to be redeveloped into apartments and commercial space. The property, formerly Albion…

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ABOUT VACANT PROPERTY

How many vacant lots are there in Philadelphia? The question seems so simple.

The answer, however, is not. Take "40,000," the number most frequently cited in recent news articles. That count first began to circulate widely after appearing in a study in 2010 by Econsult.

Or "24,000 to 25,000," the number of vacant properties identified by the city's Department of Licenses & Inspections in preparation for a new push to bring privately owned blighted properties into compliance, as City Paper recently reported.

But do a little digging, and you'll find that both numbers are really only rough estimates. In fact, you'll quickly discover a startling fact: No one knows exactly how many vacant properties there are here. And as the Nutter administration tries to come up with a comprehensive policy around vacant land, that elusive number represents a question mark in its equations.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN VACANT PROPERTY

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