Industrial Redevelopment Authority (PIRA), a quasi-private, not-for-profit
organization, was created by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Communities
to promote cultural development within the city. It is the city of
Philadelphia's unofficial cultural development agency. The core mission
of PIRA is to facilitate the development of underutilized and commercially-blighted
property in the city, with a special emphasis on the promotion of
economic and social justice. To carry out this mission the Authority
serves as the city's lead agency for the investigation of urban development,
gentrification, and the privatization of public space.
The Philadelphia Industrial Redevelopment Authority utilizes its powers
of condemnation to facilitate the reuse of vacant and blighted property
throughout the City. The Authority also administers a range of programs
available to the residents of the city of Philadelphia for the purpose
of preserving and expanding the City's affordable cultural capital.
faces each new challenge within the city using one or more of the
tools within its arsenal. Those tools include:
critical analysis on cultural destabilization in commercial zones
to eligible firms and agencies
recontextualizing and repurposing industrial
land and properties around the city
project analysis to public and private clients on major
redevelopment projects within the city
special support services to individuals and community-based organizations
for neighborhood cultural
stands ready to help you realize your goals of starting up or expanding
your innovative urban developments; suggesting land on which to
construct a new cultural situation, increasing your productivity
through the creative sourcing and sharing of machinery and equipment,
or helping you solve a complex redevelopment problem. PIRA's peer-based
internal management structure allows for great flexibility in responding
to emerging situations and projects.
PIRA also oversees the conversion from military, commercial, and
industrial uses of facilities that the US government and business
interests have "excessed."
here for information on how to contact PIRA.