Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has announced the details of the first Detroit Side Lot Sales Fair, which will allow residents to purchase thousands of lots available through the Detroit Land Bank.
Detroit residents who wish to purchase the vacant lot next door to them will be able to do so for just $100. Many attendees will be able to complete the purchase and receive a deed to the property on the same day, Duggan said.
“This is a process that used to take months, even years in some cases,” the mayor said. “Now that the City Council has transferred some of the city’s vacant lots to the Detroit Land Bank Authority, the process can be completed almost instantly. It’s a huge improvement in customer service, one that residents have been asking for.”
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 sale.
Side lot fairs will be held in each of the Detroit City Council districts, with the first taking place on December 6 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 2340 Calvert on Detroit’s West Side.
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 who 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.
Media wishing to attend or seeking more information should contact DLBA Communications Director Craig Fahle at (313) 502-5235.