Thursday, October 9, 2014

DNA Info: Englewood Lots to Be Sold for $1 to Local Groups Under City Housing Plan

City of Chicago graphic via DNA Info
If you took advantage of this program what would you use your vacant lot for or how do you plan to use it?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will formally propose Wednesday that 322 city properties in Englewood be sold to local groups for $1 apiece as part of an ambitious five-year housing plan.

The "Large Lots" pilot program, to be submitted in the City Council meeting, would sell the properties to area homeowners, block clubs and nonprofit groups.

Ald. JoAnn Thompson (16th) pointed out the program has been in the works for a while, but welcomed Emanuel's move to advance it.

"The lots are being sold to the residents who live next to them," Thompson said before Wednesday's City Council meeting. "I'm pretty sure they're using them for side yards." Yet they also eliminate vacant lots at the same time, she added, and "get the community looking better."

According to the Mayor's Press Office, the program was so successful in Englewood that it's been expanded to East Garfield Park.
You can also read more on this subject from DNA Info's Wendell Hutson.

Not to be a downer but for those of you who are seeking to use the vacant lot as a garden take heed what this woman is going through in Rogers Park. The city could still come over and slap you with violations.

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