New England News
7:30 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Springfield To Sell City-owned Vacant Lots To Abutters

The city of Springfield Massachusetts has launched a new program to sell vacant lots to an abutting property owner.

Credit urbancompass.net

   Under the program abutters can apply to purchase a city owned lot that is valued at less than $25,000. The city puts conditions on what can be done with the lot after its sold. Such things as a garden, off street parking, a landscaped side yard, and housing additions are allowed.  Mayor Domenic Sarno said  the program is  another tool to reduce blight in the city’s neighborhoods

   The program is modeled after others around the country, including ones in Boston and Lowell in Massachusett.