MAYFAIR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (CDC) PROBLEM PROPERTIES

3201 UNRUH AVENUE:

L&I Ticket No. 12083790.  This occupied, rental property is owned by Jun Chen and Zhu Mei Fang, who purchased same on April 2, 2017 for $178,000.00.  The City of Philadelphia assessed this parcel with a 2019 fair market value of $157,700.00.  All taxes are up to date, and the owners have a rental license, no. 735307.  On July 9, 2017, the Mayfair CDC contacted John Horvay of the Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP) to report this fenced-in, corner property for being consumed with overgrown grass/weeds, as well as trash and debris.

 

A notice of violation was issued on or about July 14, 2018. CLIP abated the property on or about August 2, 2018.

3412 CHIPPENDALE STREET:

L&I Ticket No. 12085257.  This vacant property is owned by Bluewater Investment Trust, 212121 Rosencrans Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90248, and was purchased on or about December 14, 2017 for $101,481.00.  The current assessed value for the parcel is $164,200.00.  The property has an expired vacant property license, no. 676093, and an open CLIP violation, no. 640094.  Currently, the exterior of the vacant real property is covered in overgrown weeds.  In addition, the lower level doors and windows have been compromised due to constant break-ins.  On July 10, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted both L&I and CLIP to clean and secure the parcel.  Moreover, the Mayfair CDC contacted Scioli Turco, a non-profit established to file Conservatorship (Act 135) actions, which allows the CDC to proceed to Court to take control of this blighted, vacant property and return it to productive use.

 

On or about July 17, 2018, CLIP indicated that the open CLIP violation was “uncompiled”.  Should the property fail one (1) more inspection with thirty days, the City of Philadelphia will take this property to Court.

 

On July 16, 2018, CLIP cleaned and sealed the property, and abated the aforementioned violations.

3480-82 ST. VINCENT STREET:

This vacant, double-lot was purchased by the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) on or about October 17, 2017 for $75,000.00.  The 2019 assessment provided a fair market value of $66,800.00.  The real property on this parcel was demolished due to pervasive water damage in the soil, and it will not sustain any improvements built upon same.  On or about July 12, 2018, the Mayfair CDC placed an expression of interest on behalf of Capriotti Brothers Fruit and Produce (7132 Frankford Avenue) for Capriotti Brothers to purchase the subject lot by way of a competitive bid.  Capriotti Brothers will pave part of the vacant lots for additional parking in the rear of the business, and maintain a community garden on the portion facing St. Vincent Street.  The RDA expects to hold the competitive bid sale at the end of August of 2018.

7356 FRANKFORD AVENUE:

L&I Ticket No. 12100422.  This property is owned by 19135 Tacony Real Estate, 7128 Tulip Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135, and was purchased on or about July 10, 2008 for $200,000.00.  The City of Philadelphia provided an assessed value for this parcel in the amount of $143,200.00.  In addition, the City of Philadelphia holds delinquent real estate tax liens in the amount of $13,309.35.  The vacant lower level of the property is vacant, while the second-floor residential unit is occupied.  On July 18, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted John Horvay of CLIP, as well as L&I, to request that the rear of the property be abated from hazardous waste, refuse and debris.  In addition, the Mayfair CDC directly contacted the property owner to request that the property be clean-up in an expeditious manner.

 

On or about July 24, 2018, CLIP and L&I issued violation number 645679 for failing to remove the debris/refuse, as well as for not possessing a valid vacant property license.

The owner cured the aforementioned violations on or about August 10, 2018.  However, on August 10, 2018, L&I issued violations under case no. 648973, for doors and windows issues, plumbing defects, interior surfaces problems, and open junction boxes.

3150 LEVICK STREET:

The subject vacant property is owned by NG San Fai.  The owner purchased the property on September 10, 2012 for $62,000.00, and the City of Philadelphia currently assessed the fair market value to be $146,500.00.  The City of Philadelphia’s Law Department is attempting to collect real estate tax liens in the amount of $4,388.84 through the Sequestration/Receivership Program.  On June 28, 2018, CLIP opened a case, no. 641830, for high weeds.  There is no active Vacant Property License.   The weeds rise above the front and side exterior fencing.  Moreover, there is trash throughout the front and side yard.  Finally, the front door is open to ingress/egress.  On July 19, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted the realtor, Pan Phl Realty (215-966-1238) to request their help in cleaning the property, but the person hung up.  Accordingly, the Mayfair CDC contacted John Horvay of CLIP, as well as L&I, to requested the parcel be abated.  In addition, the Mayfair CDC contacted Scioli Turco to investigate this property for a Conservatorship (Act 135) filing in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.

 

On July 31, 2018, CLIP cleaned and sealed the property, and abated the violations.

3201 RAWLE STREET:

L&I Ticket No. 12105224.  This occupied property, owned by Pennymac Holdings, LLC, 3043 Towngate Road, Westlake Village, CA 93021, has been the location of approximately six (6) overdoses due to the ingestion of illegal narcotics.  The subject property owner purchased the property on August 10, 2017 for $110,000.00, and the City of Philadelphia assessed this parcel with a fair market value of $192,500.00.  The real estate taxes are up to date.  However, the property owner does not have a valid rental license from the City of Philadelphia, and there is an open L&I violation, number 620186, for faulty exterior windows.  On July 20, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted Captain Anthony Luca and Officer Matthew Crosson of the 15th Police District, as well as Andrew Jeneman of the Nuisance Property Task Force of the District Attorney’s Office, for assistance.  Officer Crosson advised that there is an active investigation of the individuals residing within the real property, but they have been unable to catch them selling illegal substances.  Multiple CVN’s have been issued, and the Narcotics Unit will continue to monitor.  Law enforcement, State Representative John J. Taylor, and the Mayfair CDC have attempted to reach the property owner for assistance, but we will continue our efforts.  Finally, the Mayfair CDC contacted L&I to initiate a complaint against the property owner for renting the residential property without a valid license.

 

There is an open L&I case, number 620186, for having exterior windows that fail to comply with the City Code. On or about September 21, 2018, CLIP issued violations for the exterior conditions of the subject parcel as well as for failing to have an active rental license (L&I Case No. 656037).

3400 BRIGHTON STREET:

L&I Ticket No. 12115980.  This property is owned by MEM Realty, LLC, 146 61st Road, Flushing, NY 11367.  The property was purchased on or about July 2, 2017 for $155,000.00, and the current real estate assessment by the City of Philadelphia provides a fair market value of $153,500.00.  The real estate taxes are paid in full.  The parcel appears to be vacant, although there is no active vacant property license and the rental license, no. 744702, has expired.  The front and side sidewalk is extremely cracked and unstable, with high grass protruding from same.  Overgrown grass also extends to the curb-line.  Finally, the front windows on the lower level are in disrepair and open to ingress/egress.  There is no fencing surrounding the subject parcel.  On July 26, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted 311 and Thomas Conway of CLIP to inspect and abate the subject property.

 

On July 30, 2018, CLIP issued violations under case number 646974 for failing to cut the high weeds. All violations were brought into compliance and the Case Number 646974 was closed on August 21, 2018.

 

On September 13, 2018, L&I issued violations under Case Number 654411, for vacant structure issues and failing to have a vacant property license.

6230 FRANKFORD AVENUE:

L&I Ticket No. 12144399.  This vacant property is owned by Sharon Khan.  Ms. Khan (whose contact address is listed as the property in issue) purchased this parcel on or about December 29, 2015 for $153,000.00, and the City of Philadelphia assessed this real property with a fair market value of $164,300.00.  All real estate taxes are up to date.  Currently, there is no active rental or vacant property license.  Moreover, the exterior of the subject property is consumed by overgrown weeds and refuse.  On August 10, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted 311 and CLIP to abate any and all violations.

 

CLIP issued violations for these infractions on August 23, 2018 under Case Number 651168.

3158 RAWLE STREET:

L&I Ticket No. 12159977.  The above-captioned vacant property is owned by Feng Jin Cheng and Liqin Chen, 737 44th Street, 2R, Brooklyn, NY 11220.  The parcel owners purchased the property on or about March 8, 2015 for $150,000.00, and the City of Philadelphia assessed the real property with a fair market value of $179,400.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full.  The rental license, no. 669085, is expired, and there is no vacant property license.  Finally, the exterior front, side and rear yards are consumed with high weeds/grass, refuse and debris.  On August 20, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted 311 and CLIP to request that the parcel be abated.

 

On September 24, 2018, CLIP closed our August 20, 2018 complaint.

3424 COTTMAN AVENUE:

L&I Ticket No. 12160038.  The above-captioned vacant property is owned by Wan Loi Chung and Ha Wai, who list the subject property as their property address.  They purchased the parcel on or about June 28, 1989 for $60,000.00, and the City of Philadelphia assessed the real property with a fair market value of $147,300.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full.  There is no active rental and/or vacant property license.  The exterior front, side and rear yards are consumed with high weeds/grass, refuse and debris.  There is no fencing surrounding the exterior.  On or about July 30, 2018, violations were issued regarding these conditions under case no. 646970.  Finally, the front exterior windows are broken and subject to ingress/egress.  On August 20, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted 311, L&I and CLIP to request that the parcel be abated.

 

CLIP issued violations under Case Number 646970, and cleaned and sealed the parcel on August 24, 2018.

3001 GLENVIEW STREET:

L&I Ticket No. 12180296.  The subject, occupied real property was purchased by Li Qui on March 28, 2017 for $200,000.00.  The 2019 assessment by the City of Philadelphia provided a fair market value of $182,200.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full.  On April 21, 2017, the owner obtained permit number 788433, which allowed for the conversion of the interior parking garage into an extension of a two (2) family dwelling.  This was completed as per provided plans.  In addition, there is an open L&I case, no. 636299, for May 29, 2018 CLIP (high weeds) violations, as well as for failure to have a valid rental license.  On August 29, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted 311, L&I and PECO due to an “illegal electrical hook-up” and failure to have the required single station smoke alarm.

 

L&I issued violations for same on August 31, 2018, under Case Number 652691.

2950 LONGSHORE AVENUE:

L&I Ticket No. 12207374.  This vacant property s owned by Thomas and Kathleen Godfrey.  Their contact address is listed as the subject property.  The owners purchased same on or about June 14, 1977 for $34,900.00, and the City of Philadelphia provided an assessed fair market value of $165,800.00.  The Godfreys owe the City of Philadelphia the 2018 real estate taxes in the amount of $1,785.17.  Currently, the front, side and rear exterior of the property is covered in high grass/weeds and debris.  In addition, the parcel owners do not possess a valid vacant property or rental license.  On September 14, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted 311, L&I and Thomas Conway of CLIP to clean and seal this parcel.

 

On October 1, 2018, CLIP issued violations for failure to cut the weeds and remove the debris under case no. 657528.

3007 TEESDALE STREET:

L&I Ticket No. 12214858.  This occupied property is owned by Wang Zhao Tong, 3101 Englewood Street, Philadelphia, PA 19174.  The owner purchased the subject property on or about January 26, 2016, for $192,800.00.  The City of Philadelphia assessed this parcel with a fair market value of $224,100.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full, and the property owner possesses an active rental license, no. 690869.  On September 19, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted L&I alert them to an illegal 7’ fence surrounding the rear driveway.  In addition, the Mayfair CDC contacted Thomas Conway of CLIP to request that the parcel be abated due to overgrown weeds in the rear yard.

 

CLIP and L&I investigated and closed the instant complaint on September 25, 2018.

3006 GUILFORD STREET:

L&I Ticket No. 12214919.  This is owned by Raymond Chalmers (the contact address listed by the Office of Property Assessment is the same as the subject parcel).  The owner purchased the real property on or about May 29, 1984, for $50,000.00.  The City of Philadelphia assessed this residence with a fair market value of $222,800.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full.  There are no active rental or vacant property licenses.  On September 19, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted L&I and Thomas Conway of CLIP to report broken lower level windows, as well as the garage door.

2925 GUILFORD STREET:

The property is owned by Zheng Dong Dong and Ni Jin Qing, who purchased the subject parcel on or about March 12, 2017 for $265,000.00.  The City of Philadelphia assessed the property with a fair market value of $224,800.00, and all real estate taxes are paid in full.  There is an active renal license, no. 757710.  On July 27, 2018, L&I issued violations for placement of a pool on the exterior front of the real property without valid permits, Case No. 646629.  In addition, on July 31, 2018, L&I issued violations against the subject property owner for the unsafe condition of the pool, including the existence of standing water, Case No. 646993.  L&I will inspect the property two (2) more times within sixty (60) days, and if the violations are not cured, the property will be sent to Court.

 

On or about September 24, 2018, the pool was removed.

3108 LEVICK STREET:

This occupied real property is owned by Khan Lorna, a/k/a Khan Salla Uddin, who purchased the subject parcel on or about June 18, 2002 for $46,000.00.  The City of Philadelphia assessed this real property with a fair market value of $127,800.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full.  The property owners have an active rental license, no. 439048.  The Mayfair CDC contacted John Horvay of CLIP due to high weeds throughout the exterior front of the parcel.  On or about September 22, 2018, CLIP issued violations for failure to cut same under violation no. 656207.

3512 SHELMIRE AVENUE:

This neglected property is owned by AIC Realty LLC, 9 Trudy Lane, Armonk, NY 10504, who purchased the subject parcel on or about October 29, 2008 for $125,000.00.  The City of Philadelphia assessed the real property with a fair market value of $158,700.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full.  The property owner possesses an active rental license, no. 467813.  This residence has a longstanding history of overgrown weed and debris, and CLIP abated same on July 16, 2018 under L&I Case No. 639667.  At the request of the adjacent neighbors to this parcel, as well as Representative Kevin Boyle, the Mayfair CDC, on September 28, 2018, contacted Thomas Conway and John Horvay of CLIP for an immediate clean and seal.  John Horvay promptly informed the Mayfair CDC of the following, “There is an open complaint in the system that was just forwarded to CLIP this week.  We will have an inspector out their tomorrow to try to assist the neighbors, but we will have to wait the compliance period for another abatement.  Hopefully the owners will comply the violations.  I’ll update you with a re-inspection date once the case is written.”  CLIP issued violations for the failure to remove/cut the high weeds on September 29, 2018, under L&I case no. 657369.

3358 FRIENDSHIP STREET:

L&I Ticket No. 12223595.  The occupied parcel is owned by Yang Yun Bin and Sumida Yoko, who purchases the property on or about June 9, 2011 for $1.00.  The City of Philadelphia assessed this parcel with a fair market value of $258,000.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full.  There is an active rental license, no. 548409, and CLIP cleaned and sealed the property on or about August 27, 2018 (L&I Case No. 641021).  On September 24, 2018, the Mayfair CDC, after receiving several neighborhood complaints of open-air narcotics sales and usage, contacted Captain Anthony Luca and Community Relations Officer, Matthew Crosson, of the 15th Police District, as well as the Narcotics Unit and Andrew Jenemann, Esquire, of the Nuisance Property Task Force of the District Attorney’s Office, to investigate this illegal conduct.  In addition, the Mayfair CDC contacted 311 and L&I as the grocery store (lower level) was serving hot food without a valid food preparation license.

 

On or about October 10, 2018, L&I issued violations under case no. 658806 for operating without a valid food preparation license, as well as for the owner’s noncompliance with the Philadelphia Fire Code.  Finally, L&I found that the hood located in the kitchen was filthy and unsafe.

3239 TEESDALE STREET:

The parcel owners are Liu Dong Ding and Wang Jin Dan, 666 49th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220.  The owners purchased the property on or about January 25, 2018 for $220,000.00, and the City of Philadelphia assessed a fair market value of $179,500.00.  All real estate taxes are up to date.  The property owners possess a valid rental license, no. 766649.  There is an open L&I violation, no. 647524, from the Construction Unit regarding electrical wiring issues in the basement of the real property.

4019 UNRUH AVENUE:

L&I Ticket No. 12279289.  This occupied property is owned by Brian McCafferty, 212 Race Street, Apt. 4B, Philadelphia, PA 19106.  Mr. McCafferty purchased the subject real estate on or about March 27, 2005 for $135,000.00, and the City of Philadelphia assessed this parcel with a fair market value of $164,700.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full.  However, the owner is current renting the real property without a valid rental license.  In addition, the attached photograph depicts weeds/bushes that have grown over the height of the roof of the subject residence along the exterior side and rear of the house.  The result of this excessive foliage growth is insect and vermin infestation.  On October 12, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted Philly 311, L&I and Thomas Conway of CLIP to request that this parcel be abated.  In addition, the Mayfair CDC contacted Vector Control to assist with the vermin extermination.

3236 PRINCETON AVENUE:

L&I Ticket No. 12287811.  The instant, occupied property is owned by Brian Edwards, 1025 Stanwood Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111.  The parcel is being used as a duplex, although the Mayfair CDC found no records authorizing this usage, and is zoned RSA-5.  Mr. Burns purchased the real property on or about February 28, 2007 for $80,000.00, and the City of Philadelphia assessed this residence with a fair market value of $144,600.00.  All real estate taxes are paid in full, and the owner has an active rental license, no. 603984.  Recently, the tenant of the upstairs’ unit passed away, and the property owner dumped trash and debris, including at least one (1) mattress and two (2) box springs (all of which are infested with bedbugs).  The adjacent neighbors are unclear if the property owner brought in a licensed exterminator to deal with the infestation, but the exterior debris remains.  In addition, the wood of the exterior doors (including the garage), in the front and rear, are “warped and broken”.  The front patio contains refuse, including food, and the façade is dirty and unkempt.  Finally, the downstairs’ tenant has illegally subleased the basement of the subject property to a woman and her minor daughter (approximate age is 10-12 years).  On October 17, 2018, the Mayfair CDC contacted 311, L&I, and Thomas Conway of CLIP to address these urgent issues.  In addition, the Mayfair CDC contacted the Community Relations Officer of the 15th Police District, Matthew Crosson, to request an investigation of the subject real estate as the neighbors see cars constantly pulling up during the evenings, with the downstairs’ occupant either getting in the car, or the passengers going in the lower unit.  This occurs through all hours of the evening.  On October 18, 2018, the Streets Department removed the infested mattresses and debris from the front exterior of the property.