DETROIT, MI – In an effort to get properties back into the hands of responsible tax paying residents, the City of Detroit will be hosting a Side Lot Sales Fair for Districts 6 and 7.
Purchasing the vacant lot next to your home from the City of Detroit used to take months, but for parcels that were recently transferred to the Detroit Land Bank Authority, that process has been streamlined considerably. In some cases, people attending the Side Lot Fairs in City Council Districts 6 and 7 will be walking away with the clear title to their new side lot.
Side lots can be purchased for as little as $100. Currently, there are more than 7,000 side lots available for purchase through the Detroit Land Bank and its website, www.buildingdetroit.org. Homeowners wanting to buy the vacant lot next door can enter their address on the site, and see if the property is eligible for the sale.
Side lot fairs will be held in each of the Detroit City Council districts, with the first taking place on December 6th, 2014 at two locations. The first is in district 6, from 10 AM to 1 P at La Terraza restaurant at 8445 W. Vernor in Southwest Detroit, and the other at Don Bosco hall in district 7 from 2 PM to 5 PM. Don Bosco hall is located at 19321 W. Chicago in Detroit’s Cody-Rouge neighborhood.
Residents wanting to buy the side lots must be current on their property taxes, or have entered into a payment plan with the county treasurer to be eligible. Representatives from the Land Bank, the Wayne County Treasurer’s office and the Wayne County Register of Deeds will be on site to help homeowners that wish to buy a lot.
Attendees at each fair will be treated to refreshments, and can get ideas on how to transform their newly purchased side lot.
More information on the fair, and on the side lot program can be found at www.BuildingDetroit.org.