Mixed responses of hope and skepticism have surrounded the ordinance that created Philadelphia's new Land Bank, which is aimed at cleaning up and repurposing the city's roughly 40,000 underused or blighted properties. Philadelphia is currently the largest U.S. city to establish a land bank, and other cities with major real estate problems are undoubtedly looking to Philadelphia as a possible model.
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority wants to use eminent domain to ease the way toward building affordable housing in the Point Breeze Urban Renewal Area, leaving local property owners dismayed.
The plan to develop a 58-acre plot of commercial real estate in Lower Nazareth, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia, has received its first approval from the local board of supervisors.
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission has approved a new master plan for portions of the Delaware River area, but the plan has left some owners upset. Some say it will alter just how owners can develop their own commercial real estate.
The city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has been the center of a contentious dispute involving the local zoning board. A local developer wishes to build a drug and alcohol treatment facility near a private school, and has met strident opposition. Critics of this effort say it's inappropriate to build a treatment center near a place where there are so many children. However, proponents of the facility received the support of former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles, who is a recovering alcoholic himself.
The construction of a family court building at Arch and 15th streets in Philadelphia -- long shrouded in controversy -- has hit another snag, with neighbors questioning whether zoning laws allow for an additional floor the architect wants to build.