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For-Profit Entities

The City may direct the transfer of property or properties to a specific entity without a competitive process in the following cases:

  1. When an entity has acquired a significant amount of property adjacent to the City property and intends to develop all of the property together
  2. When an entity operates a business adjacent to or across the street from the City property and desires to expand its business

If either of these cases apply to your business, please visit The Philadelphia Land Bank’s Property Search page to make sure the property, or properties, you are interested in is/are City owned, and check the City’s Disposition Policy to make sure your business is eligible.

Nonprofit Entities

The City may direct the transfer of property to a specific nonprofit entity that is furthering the Division of Housing and Community Development or City Planning Commission plans, goals and initiatives for building sustainable and opportunity-rich communities. Interested nonprofit entities should be familiar with the City’s Disposition Policy to fully understand when these types of exceptions are possible.

Side and Rear Yard Program

If you live next to a City owned-property you may be eligible to purchase it through our Side Yard program. Please read the City’s Disposition Policy to make sure the lot you are interested in is eligible, and learn how to apply.

Individual Garden Agreements

The City can provide an individual or household temporary access to publicly-owned land for the applicant to maintain that land for personal use. The intent is to provide an interim use for the land to eliminate blight and improve safety until development is possible. Please read the City’s Disposition Policy to make sure the lot you are interested in is eligible, and learn how to apply.