Mayor signs land-bank bill into law

Posted: January 15, 2014

WITH THE STROKE of his pen, Mayor Nutter signed the land-bank bill into law, making Philadelphia the largest U.S. city to have a streamlined procedure for land disposition.

Supporters of the land bank packed the mayor's reception room yesterday to witness the bill signing - the outcome of a six-year campaign for Philadelphia to do something with its blighted and abandoned plots of land.

City Council President Darrell Clarke and Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, the prime backers of the legislation, congratulated each other on reaching an agreement to bring the measure to life.

"We don't have that number today," Nutter said of the cost of the land bank, but he promised that "it works."

The land bank is designed to turn vacant, abandoned properties into productive, usable spaces by making their sales to developers and community groups easier.

Currently, a confusing mishmash of city agencies handle land transfers. Nutter said he expects the land bank to be fully operational by the end of the year.


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