Mayor Emanuel announced the “Large Lot Pilot Program” today.
The program permits homeowners, block-clubs and non-profit groups in greater Englewood to purchase city-owned land for $1 per parcel, for up to two parcels.
It’s designed to move vacant properties out of the City’s hands and into private ownership.
Residents can use the land to expand the yards around their homes, to create gardens on their block, or for further beautification or housing.
The Chicago Plan Commission will vote on the program Thursday.
It will be launched on a pilot basis within the 13-square-mile Green Healthy Neighborhoods planning area where the City of Chicago owns more than 5,000 vacant lots.
Among the requirements to qualify, applicants must: own property on the same block; be current on property taxes; and have no financial obligations to the City, among other requirements.
Lots proposed for purchase must be owned by the City, be vacant, and have residential zoning. Program applications will available for 30 days on the City’s web site at www.cityofchicago.org/dpd.