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Jackson officials approve program to sell blighted properties

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -- Mayor Tony Yarber and the Jackson City Council approved the Neighbors First Lot Program, which is designed to address blight and revitalize underutilized residential properties in the City of Jackson.

The Neighbors First Lot Program would allow the city to transfer city-owned lots in a pre-determined planning area to the neighbors of those properties for a designated amount that starts at $10, but will not exceed $250. The program requires the resident to own property in the neighborhood, street or block.

The program supports city efforts to help citizens reclaim their communities, and will also help increase revenue for the City  as residents continue to pay their property taxes after obtaining the new property.

"We've streamlined this process and removed cost barriers," Mayor Yarber said. "We're serious about community improvement and making Jackson one of the best cities in which to live. We're building on the progress we've been making with ridding this city of dilapidated properties and strengthening communities through the Super Neighborhood Council. Now, this Neighbors First Lot Program will allow local residents to have greater control over land in their neighborhood and to create stable ownership."

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must own property on the same block as the lot they would like to purchase. Must provide a deed with application.
  • If applicant is a nonprofit organization, articles of incorporation and certificate of good standing from the State of Mississippi must be provided with application.
  • Applicant must be current on all property taxes and free of obligations to the City including property taxes, water bills, misdemeanor fines and parking tickets.
  • Lot must be City owned residential zoned R-1 and R-2 property, and may include State Owned Property that are residential zoned R-1 and R-2 as approved by State of Mississippi, but must include a rehabilitation plan.
  • The Applicant must be able to maintain the lot in accordance with all local building, housing and zoning codes and ordinances.
  • The Applicant might be asked to submit an Economic Disclosure Statement along with the application by surplus committee if questions arise during application process.

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