The overarching goal of the side lot program is to provide parcels to interested landowners to return the property to its highest and best use, and to put the property back on the municipality’s tax rolls. Oftentimes these side lots are the result of a housing demolition project. Homeowners of adjacent property will be given priority for the purchase of side lots. The Land Bank typically requires that the applicant combine the lot with their existing property.
Other acceptable uses of side lots include community gardens and green space. A neighborhood association can lease a side lot from the land bank for the purpose of installing a community garden. These gardens could be a component of a beautification initiative or food distribution network. We also make Land Bank owned lots available for urban gardeners to utilize (with Land Bank approval) to create a neighborhood gateway effect based on the location, size, and future use of the lot.