Philadelphia’s vacant properties for sale to be posted online

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) is rolling out a new online site for viewing all of its vacant land and buildings, as well as the holdings of the Public Property Department and the city-run Philadelphia Housing Development Corp.
John Carpenter, the PRA’s deputy executive director, who gave a preview for reporters Monday, calls it a “front door” to the city for potential developers. Before, there was not so much a doorway as a labyrinth of confusing pathways to acquiring vacant land from city agencies that more often than not led to a dead end.  But the new site, more than a year in the making, marks a milestone in terms of the city’s ability to better manage its massive inventory of vacant land. The city estimates that there are 40,000 abandoned buildings and lots, a quarter of which are directly owned by the city. The Philadelphia Housing Authority owns about another 3,000 vacant properties, with the rest in private hands.


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