Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a resolution Thursday morning transferring 100 properties in his 2nd District, which covers parts of Center City and South Philadelphia, to the city’s Land Bank. The properties will join around 1,400 others that were added to the Land Bank late last year by Council members and the Nutter administration.
In all, there are around 1,500 properties currently in the Land Bank, concentrated in parts of South and North Philly in the 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Council districts.
The Land Bank was created at the end of 2013 to speed up the redevelopment of vacant, blighted properties as new affordable and market-rate housing, side yards, community gardens and other uses. The Land Bank has yet to transfer any properties to new owners.