The CDC seeks to bring new “life” to both the commercial and residential property markets in Mayfair.
CONSERVATORSHIP ACT (ACT 135): Act 135 allows an entity like the CDC to bring a cause of action in a court of competent jurisdiction to take control of a blighted, vacant property (or vacant lot), in order to rehabilitate and bring it back into productive use. This act, which the CDC has used on four (4) separate real properties throughout Mayfair, removes an “eyesore” from an otherwise good block; resolves any liens and outstanding taxes owed to the City of Philadelphia, as well as provides for a reliable source of real estate tax payments moving forward; and allows for the family to obtain a new home in Mayfair. This legislative tool can also be used for commercial properties. Using the non-profit entity of Scioli Turco, who was established only to bring these actions, the CDC simply has to identify real properties (or lots) to bring to Court, and Scioli Turco will provide the attorney, labor and costs of litigation. New CDC director Marc Collazzo helped draft this legislation, and its 2014 Amendment (HB 1363) making him particularly qualified to be able to identify qualified parcels so that the CDC can maximize our efforts.
In selling a residential property, the CDC will stress family owned and occupied properties. The purpose of same is to ensure market stability, as well as welcoming people who want to set up roots in Mayfair.
In addition to helping people obtain real estate in Mayfair, the CDC must provide services to our existing owners/occupants to keep them in Mayfair. Commencing on or about July 9, 2018, the CDC and BID will partner with the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (CDC), to provide housing counseling services at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19149. Specifically, counselors will provide guidance and advice to people in mortgage/loan default situations, as well as counseling to first-time property buyers.
The CDC must pursue all avenues to generate revenue in order to expand the breadth of its vision. A long-term goal would be for the CDC to purchase residential properties, work with Scioli Turco or local developers to rehabilitate, then flip them for family owned and occupied residents. We can build a profit while also strengthening our home-ownership mission. There are Commonwealth grants available to assist with such projects so as to minimize the CDC’s cost. In addition, by obtaining lots in designated locations, we can create green and/or community spaces for the benefit of all Mayfair residents.
Please note that our mission in reference to real estate development must include constant collaboration with Federal, State and Local agencies to control and enhance growth. In addition, the Executive Director will meet on a monthly basis with a selected group of real estate agents and developers in order to discuss available properties in our community, coordinate development plans, and bring potential buyers to these available properties. The goal is to not only keep existing residents, but to bring new ones to Mayfair.
VACANT PROPERTY UPDATE
The CDC will set forth a “call to action” to Mayfair residents to report any and all vacant properties in the neighborhoods and any issues/problems associated with same. The CDC will take any and all action to assist, including, but not limited to, contacting the necessary regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I), as well as our elected officials, to remediate these issues. This will also include dealing with “nuisance properties” and the improper activities of the occupants. Finally, the CDC, in the appropriate instances, will take action to bring these properties back into productive use, by way of purchase of Act 135. All reported properties will be compiled into a report placed on the CDC’s website listing all action(s) taken and the outcome. This list will be updated on a weekly basis. The CDC staff will also compile a list of the constituent(s) who made the complaints so as to keep them, and the community, up to date.