The city still festers with zombie properties, many of which have the label “imminently dangerous.” But we already know this, know the age-old adage of the sneaky slumlord skipping town to avoid fines or worse. But what of city-owned blight that endangers surrounding buildings and people? Doesn’t the government get around to fixing/demolishing its own first? Short answer, not exactly. From the Daily News:
Records that L&I provided to the Daily News show that those government agencies – PHA, the city’s Department of Public Property, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. – also own about 260 other properties that L&I has deemed “unsafe” and in need of repair or demolition within 30 days. All told, those agencies own about 6 percent of the city’s estimated 5,100 dangerous properties.
PHA, meanwhile, has the largest scattered-site portfolio of any public-housing agency in the country. Of the estimated 4,000 properties that PHA owns, L&I has deemed 114 unsafe and 12 imminently dangerous.
At this point you’re probably wondering why these agencies aren’t being held accountable…
L&I can’t take another city agency to court.
And that’s just one of the reasons. To give you an idea: budget issues, federal government ties, maddeningly long waiting periods for demo permission, etc.
• 260 unsafe buildings belong to city agencies [Daily News]
Meanwhile, in other news…
• New Homes Coming to 2400 Block of Coral Street [Naked Philly]
• Demolition next to day care in Bryn Mawr raises concerns [Main Line Times]
• Development across from Clark Park awaits zoning board approval [Daily Pennsylvanian]