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City Readies 8th Round of Large Lots Program

The eighth round of the city’s Large Lots land sale program will open the first week of December, making approximately 4,000 vacant, city-owned lots on the South, Southwest and West sides available for residents to purchase for $1. The program, geared toward local property owners, launched in 2014.

“Over the last four years, Large Lots has put hundreds of vacant lots back into productive uses that help to build neighborhood wealth, improve safety and enhance community cohesion,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

All sales are intended to support residential uses, with most lots being planned as side yards, community gardens or landscaped open spaces.

To qualify as a buyer, an applicant must own property on the same block, be current on property taxes and have no outstanding debt to the city, among other requirements. Up to two lots are available per application, and are sold on an “as-is” basis.

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