The rift between the city and Ori Feibush has been moving closer to healing, with both sides saying they are working on an agreement that would allow the Point Breeze developer to lease the lot until the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, or PRA, sells it.

Paul Chrystie, a spokesman for the PRA, said the two sides had not signed anything yet but hoped to reach a deal soon.

News organizations around the world had picked up the story of how Feibush cleared trash from the lot at 20th and Annin streets and added landscaping out of frustration with ongoing blight there, only to have the city tell him to stop the improvements. Feibush owns a coffee shop adjacent to the lot.