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    • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pennsport | PhillyTrax on Flickr

Developers say Mt. Sinai demolition will start this month

Greg Hill said he expects to start doing asbestos remediation work inside the vacant Mt. Sinai hospital at 4th and Reed streets within a few weeks and demolishing the century-old structure…

    • Bridge at 205 Race Groundbreaking

Developers, officials break ground on new apartment tower at 205 Race

Gratitude was flying left and right at a groundbreaking ceremony for a years-in-the-making apartment tower at 2nd and Race on Wednesday morning. Greg Hill and Jeff Brown, the developers, thanked one…

    • Italian Market Ice and Coal lot

Plans for Italian Market's biggest empty lot to be presented next week

Next week, the Passyunk Square Civic Association will get a preview of a proposal for a project on the biggest vacant lot in the Italian Market, between Washington and Federal streets…

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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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