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Land Bank gets its first full-time executive director

On Tuesday, the board of the Philadelphia Land Bank voted to make Angel Rodriguez, vice president of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), the nascent institution’s new executive director. The appointment is…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Domb calls for 20-year tax abatement on homes under $250,000

City Councilman Allan Domb introduced a bill on Thursday that would extend the city’s much-ballyhooed tax abatement for construction and home-repair projects on properties that cost less than $250,000. The abatement…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman wants a code of conduct for Registered Community Organizations

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday that could establish “standards of conduct” for the many Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) that host neighborhood meetings and negotiate with developers over construction…

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Bill would require Philly businesses to disclose tax breaks, track jobs created

Philadelphia could get a better understanding of the impact of various tax breaks and subsidies it hands out to private businesses if a bill introduced in City Council on Thursday becomes…

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Philadelphia loses jurisdiction over highway billboards

Billboards along Philadelphia’s highways are now under state control. Earlier this month, the Federal Highway Administration approved PennDOT’s transition plan to take over billboard regulation along Philadelphia’s state and federal roads.…

    • Vacant lots that are maintained by PHS feature an open wood fence with openings narrow enough to prevent unwanted dumping.

Philly Land Bank gets its first deposit

UPDATE, Dec. 9, 2015 The Philadelphia Land Bank is now officially a landholding agency. On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation had transferred 150 properties into…

    • Single-family houses with ground floor garages recently rose on the 200 block of Arch Street.

Council to vote on major zoning code amendments

Earlier this week, City Council’s Committee on Rules and the City Planning Commission both gave their approval to a 30-page bill making a host of changes to the zoning code. The…

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Council approves density bonuses for green roofs, pumps brakes on student-housing ban

City Council’s Committee on Rules voted on Monday to approve a bill that would allow developers to build extra apartment units in certain zoning districts if they install qualifying green roofs…

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Councilman Johnson introduces rezoning for South Philly casino

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday morning that would allow Cordish Companies to build its proposed Live! Hotel and Casino at the sports complex in South Philadelphia. The company,…

    • Little Pete's | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

UPDATE: Committee approves Little Pete's rezoning, East Callowhill overlay

Note: This story has been updated from a previous version. The votes of Council's Rules Committee are listed under each item.  While restaurants around Center City struggled this weekend to fill…

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Council back in action, moves to bolster Housing Trust Fund

Council’s first day back from summer recess started with a chant. It was the Development Without Displacement campaign, formed last year from the same group that had advocated for the city…

    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

Keystone Crossroads: Could NYC teach Pa. cities something about limiting the Council members' power in development decisions?

New York City's process for land use decisions brings in groups outside of Council to weigh in. Should Pennsylvania cities try this?  In 1975, the City of New York passed a…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

Allan Domb: From Condo King to Tax Collector?

Allan Domb wants to collect all the taxes, and he thinks New York can show Philadelphia how to do it. Domb, a high-end real estate broker who was among the top…

    • PHS Pops-Up Garden has taken over a vacant property on the 1900 block of Walnut Street.

City to sell off tax debt on commercial properties

Next week, Philadelphia will take a first crack at selling off tax liens on commercial properties, a move which City Council hopes will later expand and generate $30 million in revenue…

    • Darrell Clarke

Council approves plan to restructure planning and development agencies

City Council voted on Thursday to approve Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to create a Department of Planning and Development within the Mayor’s office, charged with coordinating various boards and commissions…

    • Zoning reformers react to Councilman Green's proposed changes to the draft code

Clarke drafting new zoning rules for community groups

Registered Community Organizations could soon be required to operate under the city’s official Standards of Conduct and Ethics, if a draft ordinance circulating around City Hall becomes law. The bill, prepared…

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Council introduces end-of-session zoning code changes

Last week, City Council members introduced a slate of ordinances that make various changes to the zoning code and the zoning maps, some of which clarify regulations citywide, and others that…

    • 2459 Kensington Ave. | Google

Committee authorizes city to buy waterfront land for prison development, sell vacant lot on Kensington Ave.

Note: This article previously stated that the company that owns 7777-R State Road, the proposed site of a future prison facility to replace the House of Corrections in Northeast Philadelphia, purchased…

    • Greene Street Friends School | Google images

Greene Street Friends School prepares to expand

Greene Street Friends School, the Quaker school that’s been operating in Germantown since the 1850s, is in the beginning stages of its first construction project in a hundred years. Last week,…

    • Gallery makeover | PREIT

Squilla introduces stack of bills for Gallery redevelopment

Councilman Mark Squilla introduced 10 separate measures in City Council on Thursday meant to grease the wheels for the planned renovation of The Gallery on East Market Street. The biggest city…

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