Philly: Affordable-housing plan using eminent domain advances in Council

City Council’s Rules Committee moved forward with a controversial plan last week that would allow the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) to take more than two dozen properties through eminent domain to build affordable housing in Point Breeze. A month ago, that plan, sponsored by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson on behalf of the Nutter administration, included 43 properties, some of which private developers owned and planned to develop. PRA had since reduced the number of properties it will condemn to 28, including 17 privately owned and 11 city-owned properties, after it found that owners have projects under way, applied for permits or are using the lots as side yards to their residences. Council could give the plan final approval in two weeks. The city will request development proposals for the lots in the spring and units will sell for about $150,000.

Daily News


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