By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More than 180 formerly delinquent properties may soon be generating taxes again, now that the City of Philadelphia has put them on the auction block.READ MORE: 'THIS IS HOME': Watch Zach Ertz's Emotional Goodbye To Philadelphia After Being Traded To Cardinals
Officials say it’s the most efficient method of generating the highest number of potential bidders and the most revenue.
Ninety percent of the properties were vacant lots. Developer Bob Feller spied one on East Sergeant Street.
“It was a property in an area that is really starting to come around,” Feller said today.
Opening bid prices started around $2,500 for properties in the First Councilmanic District, covering parts of South Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, and Port Richmond.READ MORE: Local Woman Turns Husband's Tragic Loss To Lung Cancer Into Triumphant Fundraising Effort
Some fixer-uppers attracted two or three bidders in the $7,000 range. But then there were some frenetic moments too, with dozens of back-and-forth bids.
Feller joined that Sergeant Street bidding at $50,000, and his winning bid was $65,000.
“The Sergeant Street property is where I think the development is moving to,” he said afterward. “We like it.”
And, it was a corner lot.
“Yeah, exactly,” Feller acknowledged with a smile.MORE NEWS: Eagles Trade TE Zach Ertz To Arizona Cardinals For CB Tay Gowan, 2022 5th-Round Pick
Organizers also hope that selling the properties will breathe new life into the neighborhoods in which they’re situated.