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Al_t_publican
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Username: Al_t_publican

Post Number: 163
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 2:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some years ago I seem to remember a newspaper story about confusion as to how much property the City of Detroit owned or held control over. There were also stories about the trouble some citizens had when they attempted to purchase vacant property. I remember one story where a citizen wanted to purchase the vacant lot next door to his house but ran into bureaucratic hassles with being asked what he planned on doing with the property and so forth. He said something about simply wanting the extra space around his house but the city hesitated in selling the lot. The city may have been figuring that a vacant lot generates less property taxes, so they might as well hang on to the lot for a developer.

In recent years has the city been more flexible in selling off its inventory of property? What percent of the land in the city is owned or controlled by the city?

I always thought if the city had a program where they would give away city owned land in neighborhoods that are lined with vacant lots with the provision that the land be used for commercial and/or residential developement that a number of people, from folks who wanted to take a crack at building their own home to developers, would be attracted to come in.
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Spidergirl
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Post Number: 254
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 3:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

While I can't provide a ton of insight, I know the city lists properties it owns by type (residental, vacant land, commercial) for sale/bid every month at http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/pl andevl/realestate/Sales2006/Bi dSalesIntro.htm

I know the URL says 2006, but it goes to the 2007 listings....
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 2446
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 3:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I don't have any answer to your questions. They are trying to move some of the their surplus land. Here is the site that lists what they're trying to sell, along with the rules to buy.

City of Detroit Property sales.
http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/pl andevl/realestate/Sales2006/Bi dSalesIntro.htm
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Goat
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Post Number: 9210
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 4:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The link was already posted Ndavies. You are really falling down on the job. ; )
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Charlottepaul
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Username: Charlottepaul

Post Number: 475
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 6:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is also important to note that when you are wanting to know "What percent of the land in the city is owned or controlled by the city," that not all of the property owned by the city is vacant or abandoned buildings. Generally urban cities own about 30% of the land. That would include everything from the roads to government buildings.
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Spiritofdetroit
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Post Number: 274
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 7:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If I remember correctly there are over 200,000 "parcels" of land owned by the city. Now, that ranges from 1/4 of an acre to hundreds of acres, so I dont know the percentage of land

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