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    • A Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

An end to sweetheart deals? Kenney orders competitive city land sales

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration issued a directive to all City Council offices Thursday outlining reforms to Philadelphia’s controversial and dysfunctional process for selling unused city-owned land. Many of these sales have…

    • A Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Troubled city land sale office facing takeover after scandals

A once-obscure city office that critics link to Philadelphia’s pay-to-play political culture will soon be taken over by the Philadelphia Land Bank, according to a memorandum of understanding obtained by PlanPhilly.…

    •  Developer Ken Weinstein at a lot he tried to purchase from the city in Philadelphia’s Wayne Junction neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

How City Council broke Philly’s app for selling blighted land

When developer Ken Weinstein wanted to buy two vacant lots from the city of Philadelphia, he went online. The city has an app for selling off its thousands of unused publicly…

    • Comcast will not pay property taxes on the value of its soaring 1.2 billion Technology Center until 2027 thanks to the 10-year  abatement. (Comcast)

Domb proposes 10-year tax abatement reform

After more than a year of sharp debate over Philadelphia’s 10-year property tax abatement, City Councilman Allan Domb has introduced legislation to shrink — but not substantially change — the controversial…

    • St. Laurentius Church is a Fishtown landmark. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

City wants to rezone St. Laurentius and sidestep legal drama

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously recommended a spot zoning bill that would allow St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown to become apartments without any further public approvals. The bill, reviewed at…

    • Midtown II diner (Google Street View)

High-rise hotel coming to the site of the former Midtown II diner in Center City

From greasy spoon to silver spoon. The site at 122 S.11th Street in Philadelphia once occupied by Midtown II Restaurant is set to become a 14-story, 86-room hotel with restaurants on…

    • Emanuel Lutheran Church, more recently Phat Quang Buddhist Temple, on 4th Street in Queen Village. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Buddhist monks cash out with ‘secret’ sale of historic South Philly church

A 150-year-old Queen Village church turned Buddhist temple is on a path toward residential reincarnation. The pending metamorphosis is no shocker from a real estate perspective — sacred spaces across the…

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Fishtown's St. Laurentius church cleared for redevelopment

A Pennsylvania judge issued an opinion on Tuesday that could bring an end to an acrimonious two-and-a-half year struggle over the redevelopment of St. Laurentius, a crumbling Catholic church in Philadelphia’s…

    • A rendering of 2100 Hamilton St. behind the Rodin Museum.

Parkway condo opposed by Rodin Museum, Rail Park wins key city approval

A condo building that opponents say could disrupt plans to extend the Rail Park and endanger Rodin Museum holdings has won the final city approval needed to break ground. The Philadelphia…

    • A rendering shows a redeveloped Gretz Brewery on Germantown Avenue. ( T+ Associates.)

Gretz Brewery redevelopment in Kensington returns to drawing board

The sprawling former Gretz Brewery stands as a hunkering symbol of industrial blight. The impressive red brick structure went vacant almost 60 years ago and Kensington residents have worried for years…

    • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building, 2014

Provident Mutual building redevelopment to move forward with Blackwell’s support

A developer’s plan to transform the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building into a sprawling health campus will move forward with the support of West Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell,…

    • Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon wears a Local 98 T-shirt at the Labor Day parade in 2016. Henon's office at City Council was searched by the FBI a month before. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Councilman indicted on union corruption charges introduces contractor review bill

Indicted Philadelphia Councilman Bobby Henon introduced bills that would strengthen City Hall’s power over building contractors on Thursday. The legislation was introduced just hours before the embattled representative of the lower…

    • The Budd Co. plant in Nicetown

New York developer wins Budd site at auction

A New York developer with a history of transforming former industrial properties made the winning offer on the massive former Budd Company site in North Philadelphia. Plymouth Group partner Joshua Goldman…

    • Sheet Metal Workers protest in City Council on Dec.4, 2018.

Labor beats real estate industry in fire damper fight

A controversial bill to require licensed technicians to regularly inspect fire-prevention devices in Philadelphia high-rises passed unanimously in City Council on Thursday. Councilman Allan Domb, who sells real estate, recused himself…

    • A vacant lot in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia halts most public land sales, pending reforms

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has put the brakes on a large portion of public land sales. The move follows a blistering Philadelphia Inquirer report that showed political meddling and chronic undervaluation…

    • Arts & Crafts Holding advertises 1217 Spring Garden Street as

'Spring Arts' remake dogged by tenant complaints, code violations

When Arts & Crafts Holdings bought the property at 1217 Spring Garden St. for $15.7 million in April, the Philadelphia development company pitched tenants in the aging loft building on a…

    • Rendering of new coffee shop for Dilworth Plaza

Tiny Starbucks coming to Dilworth Park

A second Starbucks is coming to Dilworth Park this spring. “From the time we opened Dilworth in 2014, we watched how people used it, we looked at things we wanted to…

    • 2018 11 21 e lee sherri lee philadelphia snyder avenue plumbing problems

New loans for home repair may be lifeline for Philly ‘small landlords’ — and their tenants

Sherri Lee’s toilet started flooding in late September. Less than a month later, the unfinished basement in her South Philadelphia apartment was a full-blown health hazard. “It actually ended up pushing…

    • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building, 2014

Provident Mutual building sale on hold, endangering planned West Philly health campus

West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell has halted the city’s long-awaited remake of the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market Street for reasons that include the interest of…

    • Sheet Metal Workers protest in City Council on Dec.4, 2018.

Labor leaders, city officials spar outside Council chambers

An hour before City Council’s final session of 2018, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 attempted to push through a contested bill requiring costly new inspections of the fire and smoke protection…

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