CHICAGO — You'll be able to buy more than 4,000 lots for just $1 in more than 30 communities as part of an expanded city program.
The city sells lots for $1 in six communities on the South and West sides, but the program will expand to more than 30 areas starting Wednesday, according to a city news release. More than 550 lots have been sold since the so-called "Large Lot" program began in 2014.
“The Large Lots program turns vacant lots into neighborhood assets that benefit neighbors and communities,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a news release. “This program’s success is driven by people who are committed to strengthening their communities block by block, and this expansion will create opportunities to strengthen neighborhoods throughout the entire city of Chicago.”
The vacant lots are sold for $1 to people and organizations who own land nearby. Most of the lots are used for side yards, community gardens and open space, the city said.
An ongoing study showed more than 40 percent of the people who bought lots as part of the program make "rapid improvements," according to the city.
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