posted at City of Detroit's "Buildingdetroit.org"
allow me to nerd out for a second (jerry from the site here):
i'm so excited that there are other channels opening for "accidentally" publicly-owned property to be worked on like this. it seems like the city is starting to open up more, and i hope we can all grow the support system around every property that's been left behind. it's not easy for anyone involved, and the scale is horrific.
i did some research on WDWOT and see that the land bank owns 34 properties in the east english village area where these first land bank auction properties are located (click their name in the owner list to highlight them): http://whydontweownthis.com/sc/mi/wayne/detroit/east-english-village
4 of the properties coming up for auction on buildingdetroit.org were purchased in the first round of the ...
...2011 tax foreclosure auction, where the land bank purchased 11 properties for $200,000 total: http://whydontweownthis.com/2011/winner/DLBA
if i remember properly, these properties were purchased because they fell into NSP areas (neighborhood stabilization program fund) and so federal money could go into their rehab. here's the map of those areas including east english village: http://www.detroitmi.gov/Portals/0/docs/planning/pdf/NSP/Intro%20-%20TAreas%20112008.pdf .
i remember thinking it was odd at the time, because i think of land banks as picking up properties that are completely left behind by the market (most city- and land bank-owned properties come about when they don't sell at either round of the tax foreclosure auction). but here they spent a fair amount of money, hoping to make money on the investment. a different approach, probably attempted because land banks make money by collecting a percentage of property taxes into the future, so they hope to see higher property taxes that are paid on time.
some perspective: if all "accidentally" city-owned properties are transferred over to the land bank, along with the state land bank's holdings, the detroit land bank will own something like 80 or 90,000 properties. just try to get your mind around it.
it looks like the transfer just officially started today: http://www.freep.com/article/20140415/NEWS01/304150108/Detroit-land-bank-homes .
many of these properties are severely distressed structures that will require demolition, deconstruction, or incredible rehabilitation efforts. and don't forget the regular county tax auction will happen again this fall (we're trying to stay current with what's at risk on the homepage of http://wdwot.com).
in any case, now that we're starting to see movement, however modest to start, i hope loveland and the community around WDWOT can be helpful in building a meaningful on- and offline networks and tools to help organize information and support systems. we have new stuff coming soon and if this trend continues we'll have a lot more nice looking systems and official programs to plug into. good stuff!
The City of Detroit just started their own auction of delinquent property: houses can be viewed here: http://www.buildingdetroit.org/Home. Stipulations are that bidders need to be Michigan residents who have not lost a property withing the past 3 years AND not been delinquent on your taxes in the past 3 years AND do not have an outstanding blight complaint on your current properties. The winner of the auction has 6 months to bring the property up to code or forfeit the property. What are your thoughts on this initiative?
This is the area which Detroit Liberty Group is aiming to put its first security patrols at in its Inner City Rising Initiative . Getting security patrols on the streets through out the entire city of Detroit, is the phase 1 of the initiative in its efforts to assist in the rebuild and bring residents back to the city.For more information go to innercityrising.com