Calhoun County Land Bank Sells More Than 40 Properties in First Week of Spring Side Lot Sale

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 6, 2016
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Calhoun County Land Bank Sells More Than 40 Properties in First Week of Spring Side Lot Sale – Vacant side lots purchased by nearby residents will bring properties back onto the tax rolls

MARSHALL, Mich. — The Calhoun County Land Bank Authority received an overwhelming response to its first-ever side lot sale, which kicked off last Saturday, and has sold 48 side lots so far.

“By encouraging residents to purchase vacant side lots adjacent to their properties, we’re able to put these lots to productive use and get them back on the tax rolls,” said Christine Schauer, Calhoun County Treasurer and Chairperson of the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority. “Getting side lots back on the tax rolls helps fund local schools and critical services like roads, public safety and programs for seniors and veterans.”

The sales from this event will also result in substantial taxpayer savings in maintenance costs, Schauer said. She cited extensive communications and outreach to residents for the initial success of the side lot sale, which continues through July.

The Land Bank and the City of Battle Creek collaborated to hold a kickoff event at the Kool Family Community Center in Battle Creek. Citizens from across the county attended the first-time event.

“Saturday’s kickoff to the spring side lot sale was a huge hit, and the City of Battle Creek is proud to work with the Calhoun County Land Bank on this creative idea to get people excited about taking care of these vacant properties,” said Christine Zuzga, planning and zoning supervisor for the City of Battle Creek.

Eligible residents living next to qualified Land Bank-owned lots may be able to purchase nearby lots for $110. Interested buyers continue to contact the Land Bank about the sale, Schauer said. The City will also continue to sell select lots at the discounted price.

Annie Ingram was among the buyers who attended Saturday’s kickoff event. “I came in to purchase a property near my house so I can make it into a garden, and I ended up leaving with two properties,” Ingram said.

Residents who are interested in purchasing a nearby lot owned by the Calhoun County Land Bank can call (269) 781-0777 or email landbank@calhouncountymi.gov for more information.

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