The abandoned building on Cottage Street in Frankford is a wreck. But for the church across the street, it’s an opportunity to enhance the community.
The three-story, five-sided brick structure at Harrison and Cottage in Frankford might have been a grand building a long time ago. Not anymore. Yet, the congregation of the church across the street wants to bring it back, and its members are willing to spend big money and a lot of toil to do it.
The Office of Property Assessment by Dec. 9 had mailed out 46,304 answers to owners who asked the agency to review the new market values assigned to their properties this year. The agency refused to change those numbers for 39,483, said Michael Piper, OPA’s deputy chief assessment officer.
The Board of Revision of Taxes has sent out a couple of thousand letters to property owners who are appealing their new assessments, advising them their 2014 taxes will actually be lower than they are this year. Given that fact, the BRT asks the letter’s recipients if they would consider withdrawing their assessment appeals.
City Council President Darrell L. Clarke is urging longtime owner-occupants to check their eligibility and apply for relief designed to protect them against property tax bill hikes driven by dramatic increases in surrounding property values.