City of Philadelphia: Redevelopment Process
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Redevelopment Process

Urban renewal is publicly assisted development, involving condemnation of land, based on federal and state laws dating to the 1940s.  It is also known as the Redevelopment Process.  
Agencies and Decision Makers
  • Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority: administers urban renewal including condemnation, relocation assistance, site assembly and selection of a developer;
  • Philadelphia City Planning Commission: reviews Urban Renewal Plans and Redevelopment Agreements, and prepares and approves Blight Certifications and Redevelopment Area Plans;
  • Philadelphia City Council & Mayor: give final approval for most redevelopment items.

Important Actions
  1. Create the legal eligibility for urban renewal through a Blight Certification and a Redevelopment Area Plan;
  2. Earmark properties to be acquired or condemned, and designate the proposed uses and land use controls, in an Urban Renewal Plan (also called a Redevelopment Proposal);
  3. Convey properties to a developer through a Redevelopment Agreement;
  4. Hold public meetings at each stage of the process.
Other actions may include:
  • purchasing or condemning property; 
  • providing relocation assistance to residents or businesses; 
  • preparing sites to be marketable for development; 
  • marketing, advertising and requesting development proposals;
  • reviewing project designs and assuring compliance with Percent for Arts Program requirements.