June 6, 2015 |
A Philadelphia City Council committee approved a bill Thursday to allow the city to pay $90 million for the 27-acre property known as International Plaza on Route 291 in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, as part of a long-range expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. The measure is expected to come up for a full City Council vote later this month. The city-owned Philadelphia airport appraised the property at $75 million in 2013. The current owners, affiliates of Angelo Gordon & Co. and Amerimar Enterprises Inc., appraised the site, which has two office buildings, at $101 million.
December 14, 2013 |
City Council on Thursday unanimously approved the long-awaited land-bank bill, and Mayor Nutter promptly vowed to sign it - clearing the way for Philadelphia to become the largest city in the country with a land bank. The goal of the bank is to cut through City Hall red tape and create a comprehensive system for confronting blight by turning vacant and tax-delinquent parcels into tax-producing properties. Thursday's vote was something of a formality, since the tough part of agreeing on the bill's amendments was hashed out last week between its primary sponsor, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, and Council President Darrell L. Clarke.
October 30, 2013 |
After years of talking the talk about getting a land bank in Philadelphia, where blight scars entire neighborhoods, City Council started Monday to walk the walk. On a 6-1 vote, Council's Committee on Public Property and Public Works approved a bill to establish a land bank. The bill still needs a vote of the full Council. If it approves, Philadelphia would become the largest city with a land bank. Land banks streamline the process for rescuing blighted property, whether by homeowners who want to turn a vacant lot next door into a garden or developers who hope to buy clusters of houses to make way for a major project.
October 15, 2013 |
Augusta "Gussie" Clark, an ambitious woman from the South whose move North involved an evolution from publishing assistant to librarian to lawyer before joining Philadelphia City Council and becoming an unrelenting advocate for the city's public schools, died Sunday. She was 81. Born in Alabama, Mrs. Clark was the second African American woman to serve on City Council. She retired in 2000, 20 years after her first political service as a Democratic councilwoman-at-large. Former Mayor Wilson Goode, Sr., called her "a great Philadelphian who was a trailblazer in so many ways, and did so much to improve this city.
June 21, 2013 |
A proposal to add 10 percent or $1.8 million to the annual fee Philadelphia Gas Works pays to the city has been put off until the fall, according to city officials. The measure, proposed last month by Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. as a means to generate additional revenue for the cash-strapped city, was approved by the Public Property and Public Works Committee on June 6. But the bill was greeted skeptically by Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, the chairwoman of the Philadelphia Gas Commission.
March 27, 2013
Consider the unappreciated trash truck that ambles along the streets of the city day after day. It probably can't get any uglier, but it may get a little flashier under City Council President Darrell L. Clarke's creative plan to turn city property into revenue by selling advertising space. Other cities and local transit agencies have used public property, including garbage trucks and other vehicles, to drum up advertising revenue. SEPTA is expected to make about $14 million this year from advertising for Tropicana orange juice, Baileys Irish Cream, Honda, AT&T, and others.
March 14, 2013
ANY TIME the Harrisburg Patriot-News reviews salaries of state employees, it creates a nice voyeuristic buzz in the capital city. So it is this week following publication, online and in print, of a series of stories, "The $100,000 Club," about state government's top take-homers. (It's viewable at pennlive.com.) Who doesn't like to know what their neighbor makes? And what's more fun than comparing government pay with government productivity? Gives ranters a chance to rant, "They get HOW much?"
February 15, 2013 |
CITY COUNCIL sees dollar signs on publicly owned property. Sound familiar? Council President Darrell Clarke introduced legislation more than a year ago to authorize digital ads on city-owned property, and he plans to reintroduce the bill Thursday. "I think it's very important, as I have said time after time, to create revenue opportunities for the city . . . other than sticking our hands into the citizens' pockets and increasing taxes," said Clarke. A consultant for Council said that the city could generate $8 million from advertising on public buildings, bus shelters, trash trucks or receptacles.
December 22, 2012 |
Smokers now face steep fines for lighting up in Cherry Hill parks and playgrounds and outside township-owned buildings under an ordinance that went into effect Thursday. The ordinance, passed by the Township Council last month, sets a minimum fine of $100 for a first offense, with penalties for subsequent offenses escalating as high as $500. The ban applies to all public property, including Town Hall, the public library, and trails, parks, and playgrounds. Police will enforce the ordinance mainly by responding to complaints, officials said.
December 4, 2012 |
The dream of creating a central land bank to deal with Philadelphia's epidemic of vacant and abandoned properties has taken several key steps toward fruition in recent weeks. After eight years of discussion, legislation sponsored by State Rep. John Taylor (R., Phila.) giving cities permission to establish land banks finally passed the General Assembly. Gov. Corbett signed the bill in October. Since then, the Nutter administration has been moving to house a land bank within the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp.