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Blight Certifications and Redevelopment Area Plans

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission provides assistance to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) for the redevelopment of vacant and blighted areas. Pennsylvania law defines blighted properties generally as buildings or areas that are neglected, unsafe, and/or a public nuisance (PA Title 26 Chapter 2).

The Planning Commission can make determinations of blight for areas that require modest assistance, however, for areas where property acquisition is necessary, the Redevelopment Authority must make its own determination in accord with strict Pennsylvania rules.  

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission and Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority maintain redevelopment area plans and urban renewal plans for areas that have been designated as blighted. These plans guide the redevelopment of public land in accord with City policies.  Redevelopment plans and urban renewal plans do not expire, however, they are regularly updated to reflect public plans and priorities.



CITY-WIDE CONTEXT

Central Planning District
9th and Callowhill Blight Recertification (2004)
10th Street Corridor Blight Recertification (2002)
Broad and Vine / Roman Catholic Blight Recertification (2002)
Center City Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments: 9th and Arch (2005)
Center City Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments: 9th and Callowill (2004)
Center City Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments: 917 Ridge (2005)
Center City Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments: 18th and Vine (2010)
Callowhill Blight Recertification (2011)
Convention Center Blight Certification (2002)
Southeast Central Redevelopment Area Plan (1959)
Southwark Queen Village Redevelopment Area Plan (1965)

Lower Far Northeast Planning District
Ashton Blight Certification (1999)

Lower North Planning District
2nd and Girard Blight Recertification (2011)
19th and Master Blight Recertification (2011)
26th and Girard Blight Recertification (2005)
Brewerytown (30th and Girard) Blight Recertification (2002)
Central Brewerytown Blight Recertification (2005)
North Philadelphia Redevelopment Area Plan (2014)

Lower Northeast Planning District
East Frankford (Meadow) Redevelopment Area Plan (1969)
Frankford Creek Blight Certification (2002)
Frankford Creek Redevelopment Area Plan (2002)
Whitaker Blight Certification (1999)

Lower South Planning District
Army Piers Redevelopment Area Plan (1963)
Pattison Avenue East Redevelopment Area Plan (1955)

Lower Southwest Planning District
Eastwick Blight Recertification (2006)
Eastwick Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2006)
Southwest Schuylkill Blight Recertification (2002)

North Planning District
Allegheny West and Tioga Blight Certification (2003)
Allegheny West Redevelopment Area Plan (2003)
Fairhill and St. Hugh Blight Certification (2003)
Fairhill and St. Hugh Redevelopment Area Plan (2003)
Nicetown Blight Recertification (2006)
Nicetown Redevelopment Area Plan (2010)
Ontario Blight Recertification (2002)
Ontario Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2002)
Tioga Redevelopment Area Plan (1971)
West Fairhill, East Tioga and Hunting Park Blight Certification (2004)
West Fairhill, East Tioga and Hunting Park Redevelopment Area Plan (2004)
Woodstock Redevelopment Area Plan (1971)

North Delaware Planning District
Cottman / Riverview Blight Certification (2004)
Cottman / Riverview Blight Certification: Tacony Extension (2005)
Cottman / Riverview Redevelopment Area Plan (2005)
Cottman Riverview Redevelopment Area Plan: Tacony Extension (2005)

River Wards Planning District
Aramingo and East Venango Industrial Redevelopment Area Plan (2017)
Auburn Blight Certification (2003)
Kensington North of Lehigh Redevelopment Area Plan (2016)
New Kensington and Fishtown Redevelopment Area Plan (2016)
Pratt Street Redevelopment Area Plan (1962)
Port Richmond Redevelopment Area Plan (1962)

South Planning District
9th and Ellsworth Blight Certification (2000)
9th and Ellsworth Redevelopment Area Plan (2006)
16th and Moore Blight Certification (2004)
16th and Moore Redevelopment Area Plan (2004)
Einstein Southern Redevelopment Area Plan (1966)
Greenwich Redevelopment Area Plan (1970)
Jefferson Square Redevelopment Area Plan (1999)
Pennsport Redevelopment Area Plan (1968)
Point Breeze and Greys Ferry Blight Recertification (2009)
Point Breeze Redevelopment Area Plan (2001)
South Delaware Blight Certification (2003)
South Delaware Redevelopment Area Plan (2003)
Whitman Redevelopment Area Plan (1964)

University Southwest Planning District
44th and Aspen Blight Recertification (2005)
44th and Aspen Redevelopment Area Plan (2002)
44th and Aspen Redevelopment Area Plan Expanded (2005)
44th and Aspen Redevelopment Area Plan Expanded Amendments (2005)
45th and Ludlow Blight Recertification (2003)
45th and Sansom Blight Recertification (2002)
45th and Sansom Redevelopment Area Plan (2002)
45th and Sansom Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2003)
49th and Locust Redevelopment Area Plan (1997)
49th and Locust Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2002)
51st and Baltimore Redevelopment Area Plan (2014)
57th and Baltimore (Angora) Blight Certification (2005)
57th and Baltimore (Angora) Redevelopment Area Plan (2005)
Kingsessing Blight Certification (2002)
Kingsessing Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2002)
Mantua Redevelopment Area Plan (1968)
Mantua Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2005)
University City Core Redevelopment Area Plan (1966)

Upper North Planning District
Logan Blight Certification (2002)
Logan Redevelopment Area Plan (2002)
Logan Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2002)
Logan Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2003)
Upper Nicetown Blight Certification (2003)
Upper Nicetown Redevelopment Area Plan (2003)
West Oak Lane Blight Certification (2005)
West Oak Lane Redevelopment Area Plan (2005)

Upper Northwest Planning District
Central Germantown Blight Certification (1998)
East Germantown Blight Certification (2003)
East Germantown Redevelopment Area Plan (2003)
Germantown Redevelopment Area Plan (1967)
Southwest Germantown Redevelopment Area Plan (1998)

West Planning District
47th and Lancaster Blight Recertification (2002)
Belmont Redevelopment Area Plan (1972)
East Overbrook Redevelopment Area Plan (1997)
Haddington Blight Recertification (2006)
Haddington Redevelopment Area Plan (1962)
Osage Blight Recertification (2001)
Sarah Allen Redevelopment Area Plan (1998)
West Philadelphia Redevelopment Area Plan (1963)

West Park Planning District
44th and Belmont Blight Recertification (2011)
54th and Columbia Blight Certification (2004)
54th and Columbia Redevelopment Area Plan (2004)
Cathedral Park Blight Recertification (2003)
Parkside-Lancaster Redevelopment Area Plan (1997)
Parkside National Register Historic District Redevelopment Area Plan (2000)
Parkside-Lancaster Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2003)
Parkside-Lancaster Redevelopment Area Plan Amendments (2005)

Criteria for Blight

Most commonly used
  • Unsafe, unsanitary and inadequate conditions
  • Economically or socially undesirable land use
  • Faulty street and lot layout
Other criteria
  • Inadequate planning
  • Excessive land coverage
  • Lack of proper light, air and open space
  • Defective design and arrangement of buildings

Urban Redevelopment Law Amendments

Changes to the PA Urban Redevelopment Law (Bill 881) passed in 2006 apply more stringent criteria to blight certifications.  A majority of properties within an area need to be documented as blighted in order for the area to be certified.