Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a resolution in Council that would begin the process of developing 10 vacant lots in Point Breeze, some of which were part of a controversial land grab by the city in 2012. Johnson's office presented the move, which would have the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority transfer the land to affordable housing developer Innova Redevelopment LLC, as part of a larger land-use strategy that would also include selling off other city owned land in the fast-changing Point Breeze neighborhood.
The 10 lots included in the resolution would developed into "affordable" single-family housing as part of a scattered site development called "Latona Green." The first of the homes, which are largely clustered around 17th and Manton Street, will break ground in April or May. The three- to four-bedroom homes will sell for between $125,000 and $170,000, although the vast majority of the units will be priced around $160,000.