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City of Chicago Re-Opens the Large Lots Program

Large Lots applicants have until January 31 to submit applications to purchase up to two vacant lots for $1- ONE DOLLAR on the block where they currently own land or property.   The Large Lots program allows residential and business land and property owners to acquire additional land in their neighborhood for development or creative use.  

Interested individuals can obtain the Large Lots application - available on line only - at www.LargeLots.org.  Applications must be completed and submitted on line.  Application completion assistance is available through Teamwork Englewood. For information call: (773)

488-6600.

This year, the city of Chicago expanded the Large Lots Program to include more neighborhoods on the South and West sides. Through this program, property owners can apply to purchase up to two vacant properties (per property owned) on their block for $1 each.

“Yes, that means a purchaser that currently owns and holds the deeds to two properties on the same block can potentially own four lots on that same block,” said Jeanne Chandler, Director, City of Chicago, Department of Planning & Development. “The city is providing an opportunity for residents to claim and transform empty vacant lots that can sometimes be a magnate for undesired elements.”

Linda Maalik purchased a vacant lot that was adjacent to her home and later was awarded Creative Placemaking funds to beautify her lot incorporating art.

“I like the security of having control over the extra space next to my home and being able to beautify my yard and neighborhood thru the art project.” Maalik says she has maintained the property next to her home for years to deter crime and control rodent population growth. “I now have a large space where my grandchildren can play in safety.  Englewood homeowner Nanette Tucker also created a safe art space for children and Sammiria's innovative use of lettering on her fence reminds all to remain connected with nature.

“To expedite the application process residents can complete the following prior to submitting an application: (1) get a copy of their current deed, (2) make sure the lot you want is owned by the city and (3) pay up any unpaid bills with the city,” said Perry Gunn, Executive Director, Teamwork Englewood, one of the community partners conducting outreach and assisting applicants through the process.

There are over 1,000 lots available for purchase in Englewood in the open lottery and priority is given to adjacent lot applicants. If the lot is not owned by the city, residents are encouraged to negotiate with private property owners and land lords to participate in the program. 

For more information visit: largelots.org.  You can also contact Teamwork Englewood at www.teamworkenglewood.org or call: (773) 488-6600.

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