Mayor Rahm Emanuel today introduced an ordinance to make another 180 City-owned lots across the West and South sides available to local residents for $1 each.
“When something is working, you need to help keep it moving forward. The dollar lots program is transforming vacant lots across the City and turning them into community assets,” Mayor Emanuel
said. “This next round of lots will allow us to continue working with residents who are playing a key role in strengthening their neighborhoods.”
The lots were advertised in early 2018 through the Department of Planning and Development’s Large Lots program, which makes vacant, city-owned lots available to qualifying property owners for $1. The approximately 1,130 approved applications are being presented to City Council for approval throughout the fall, winter and spring.
Nearly 1,250 lots have been sold through the Large Lots program to date. Applicants were required to own property on the same block, be current on their property taxes and have no outstanding debt to the city, among other requirements. Typically sized at about 3,125 square feet, the properties would be sold “as-is” via quit claim deeds. Most lots are being planned as green space, gardens or related uses.
A new, six-week application round is projected to start in December. Visit LargeLots.org for more information.
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