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Detroit plans program to allow residents to lease vacant lots in effort to fight blight


DETROIT — Detroit plans to allow residents to lease vacant lots to help cut down on blighted properties.

The Detroit Free Press reports ( ) Mayor Mike Duggan discussed the effort Wednesday at the "Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference." He says the program will lease a vacant lot for three years at $25 per year as long as a neighborhood block club approves of the intended use.

Duggan says thousands of vacant lots could be involved. He says: "We're going to try to flip the control out of city hall to the neighborhood."

The program builds on other anti-blight efforts, including a program to allow Detroit homeowners buy side lots adjacent to their property. The city has worked for years to deal with vacant homes and buildings, and thousands of them have been razed.

Information from: Detroit Free Press,

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