michael samschick

The City is selling two large long-time vacant overgrown lots just about underneath I-95 at Front and Wildey Streets through Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). The deadline to submit an RFP is February 8.

The two lots, 1049-69 N. Front St. and 1101-19 N. Front St. total just shy of 63K sqft are immediately across the street from Tip Top Playground. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the lots were turned over to the City in 1974. In years past, one was a leather tannery and the other a cotton factory, with other various uses at both sites over the years.

1049-69 Front St

In Northern Liberties, there was a 112 percent increase of the 20- to 29-years-old population, between 2000 and 2010, according to the RFP, and it’s continuing, with the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association receiving historic numbers of zoning applications, according to NLNA zoning chair Larry Freedman, who has been on the committee since 1987.

Jerry's Bar, one of Northern Liberties' decades old dives, closed its doors for good last year. A Foobooz post from February 2011 makes the place seem like some kind of mythic riverwards watering hole steeped in stale smoke and cheap beer.

Something we’ve started to notice when we research abandoned, deteriorating properties, or sites where years old zoning notices hang beaten and weathered, is that there tend to be property tax issues. Similar to the owners of this overgrown Brewerytown lot that we told you about last week, the owners of 1101-1103 Frankford Avenue have accumulated a hefty sum of unpaid property taxes, according to the BRT. Owners 1101 Frankford LLC acquired the property for $595K in 2004 and made payments until 2008. In just four years, they’ve piled up $79,833.35 in delinquent taxes.