MAYOR NUTTER LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO ADVERTISE SURPLUS CITY PROPERTY, GENERATE REVENUE

April 19, 2010
Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Public Property Commissioner Joan Schlotterbeck unveiled a new website which lists, for the first time, the City’s entire inventory of surplus properties. In addition, the City launched a pilot program which put property owned by the Department of Public Property up for public bid. The marketing effort also included signage, email blasts to developers, and advertising on Craigslist. Revenue generated by the sales will go to the City’s general fund.

“I applaud Public Property’s innovation in dealing with the City’s surplus properties,” said Mayor Nutter. “This website is a win for everyone – it benefits neighborhoods by spurring development of vacant properties and the City by generating much needed revenue for the general fund.”

Surplus properties are those properties that are owned by the City, and are not being used in connection with the work of any City department, board or commission, or any other governmental agency. When authorized by City Council, surplus property of the City may be offered for sale under certain conditions.

The database is available through http://www.phila.gov by clicking on the Property Information button on the left side of the screen. The surplus property database is searchable by street and address and each property profile will provide the size of the property and zoning information for the property.

For more information on purchasing a City of Philadelphia surplus property, please contact the Department of Public Property at PublicProperty@phila.gov or 215-686-4443.

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