Vacant lots being sold by city of Jackson for home construction

Vacant lots being sold by city of Jackson for home construction

JACKSON, MI – Residents and developers looking for space to build new homes can now consider properties in the city of Jackson.

The city’s Property Sales Program has expanded to include buildable lots, which are vacant lots or a combination of properties large enough to accommodate new construction of a single-family home or multi-residential complex, city officials said.

“We understand the need for more affordable housing in the community and this is something we can do to help,” City Manager Jonathan Greene said. “The buildable lots are a low-cost solution for residents looking to build a new home. You’ll also have the extra benefit of living close to everything Jackson has to offer.”

The city will sell these lots for as low as $362.50 and water and sewer connections will be discounted up to 100 percent, officials said, adding the lots will be given priority site plan review and priority property development meetings with city officials.

These lots also offer new home construction in already established neighborhoods close to parks, schools and amenities, officials said.

The city manager’s office has been ramping up efforts to sell more than 800 vacant properties owned by Jackson in the last two years. Since late 2020, officials have sold 136 vacant side lots and 34 existing properties, bringing in $457,100 in additional revenue to the city.

Funds from the property sales go into the city’s general fund, which pays for city services, such as streets, parks and public safety.

Side lots are parcels too small for new construction that are sold to an adjacent neighbor to improve their property. Existing properties are parcels that contain a standing home, apartment complex or commercial building. These properties are often partially rehabbed by the city and sold on the open market by a realtor.

The property sales section of the city website contains a full list of qualifications for purchasing a lot and a listing of available properties.

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