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File #: 190606    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: IN COUNCIL - SECOND READING
File created: 6/20/2019 In control: Committee on Public Property and Public Works
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Amending Title 16 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Public Property," by amending Chapter 16-400, entitled "Vacant and Surplus Properties," Chapter 16-500, entitled "Councilmanic District Development Program," and Chapter 16-700, entitled "Philadelphia Land Bank," in order to establish uniform procedures for the disposition of property by the City and City-related agencies to whom the City conveys property, and to amend the provisions governing the Land Bank, all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Johnson
Indexes: PHILADELPHIA LAND BANK, PUBLIC PROPERTY, VACANT PROPERTY
Code sections: 16-400 - Vacant and Surplus Properties, 16-500 - Councilmanic District Development Program, 16-700 - PHILADELPHIA LAND BANK, Title 16 - PUBLIC PROPERTY
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 19060601. As Amended.pdf
Title
Amending Title 16 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Public Property," by amending Chapter 16-400, entitled "Vacant and Surplus Properties," Chapter 16-500, entitled "Councilmanic District Development Program," and Chapter 16-700, entitled "Philadelphia Land Bank," in order to establish uniform procedures for the disposition of property by the City and City-related agencies to whom the City conveys property, and to amend the provisions governing the Land Bank, all under certain terms and conditions.
Body
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:
SECTION 1. Chapter 16-400 of The Philadelphia Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
CHAPTER 16-400. VACANT AND SURPLUS PROPERTIES.
? 16-401. Legislative Findings.
The Council of the City of Philadelphia hereby finds that:
(1) Throughout the City of Philadelphia a large number of properties are vacant and have been vacant for an abnormal amount of time;
(2) The vacant properties are in such poor physical condition as to make them uninhabitable in the present conditions;
(3) Certain properties have been declared by City to be unfit for human habitation since they are in violation of building, fire, health and other City Codes;
(4) The owners of certain vacant or unoccupied properties are delinquent in the payment of Real Estate Taxes, Water and Sewer Rents, or other municipal liens and charges;
(5) The properties in their present conditions are and have become a blighting influence in and about the neighborhood where located and thus are a liability to the City and its citizenry;
(6) Nonpayment of the tax obligations by the owners of these properties indicates that they may have or intend to abandon such properties;
(7) Certain property owners desire to donate properties to the City as an alternative to abandoning them;
(8) It would be in the best interest of the owners of such properties and the citizens of Philadelphia if such property would be acqui...

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