Last year, City Council approved the establishment of a Land Bank system to help manage the city’s distressing stock of vacant, city-owned or tax-delinquent properties. The new agency has just released a draft strategic plan for public comment. Of the estimated 32,000 parcels that might be eligible for the Land Bank, over 9,000 contain vacant buildings. How the agency will (or will not) prioritize the rehabilitation of existing structures is of deep concern to the Preservation Alliance. We analyzed the strategic plan in advance of public hearings held on October 15th and developed preliminary comments and recommendations we hope will be incorporated into the final plan.
We encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts, ideas, and concerns about the Land Bank Strategic Plan and its potential impact on historic resources. Follow the links below to learn more:
Media coverage of the Land Bank
- “Land Bank holds hearing on strategic plan,” Plan Philly, Oct. 15, 2014
- “Advocates call to strengthen Land Bank Strategic Plan,” Eyes on the Street, Oct. 14, 2014
- “Philadelphia Land Bank releases plan to tackle vacancy,” Plan Philly, Oct. 1, 2014