Program to allow Detroiters to buy ‘side lots’ for $100
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Detroit —The Detroit City Council on Tuesday approved the transfer of about 10,000 parcels of vacant city land to the Detroit Land Bank to be used for residents to purchase lots next to theirs for $100.
The council had earlier rejected a transfer of nearly 39,000 parcels, saying the program was too broad. Instead, council members worked out a deal with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to target the six neighborhoods where the city has received federal “hardest hit” funds. The “hardest hit” fund areas are where the city is targeting its demolition efforts.
The council unanimously passed the measure.