Land Reuse



The Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) owns thousands of vacant lots across the City of Detroit. To establish more land ownership opportunities for residents, the DLBA is proud to announce our newest land reuse strategies, and additional vacant land sales programs. Join the DLBA for panel discussions, spotlights on community partners, and resources for cost-effective land stewardship. Learn more about the programs below and check our website and Facebook page for available opportunities.

ACTIVATING

VACANT LAND

Side Lots

  • Side Lots must meet a number of eligibility criteria, including zoning, taxes, demolition clearance, size, adjacency, etc.
  • Purchasers must meet several eligibility criteria including adjacency, home ownership, being current on property taxes and DLBA Compliance Achieved (if applicable)
  • Lots are still $100!

Sold without a Compliance requirements

  • Lots must be 7,500 square feet or less
  • Now allowing land contract purchasers to participate

View current Listings here.

Accessory Structure Lot

  • The Accessory Structure Lot must be street adjacent to an occupied property, and must be used for residential, recreational, or agricultural purposes.
  • Accessory structures may include garages, sheds, gazebos, carports, or similar, with maximum size of 750 square feet.
  • Accessory structures will be sold for $250, unless the value of the lot, as determined by the DLBA, exceeds $2,500.
  • The DLBA will hold applications for ten days from the date the first Complete Application is received before a purchaser is selected. If more than one Complete Application is received, the DLBA will prioritize buyers based on:
    1. The applicant living directly street adjacent to the Accessory Structure Lot; and
    2. The first applicant to submit a complete application

Read our Vacant Land Policy here.

Oversized Lots - Coming Soon!

  • Oversized Lots must measure 7,501 – 15,000 square feet
  • Oversized Lots will be sold for $200, unless the value of the lot, as determined by the DLBA, exceeds $2,500.
  • Oversized Lot must be Street Adjacent to the applicant’s occupied property
  • Limits sales to one per household
  • Purchasers must have a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)

Check to see if you have filed a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE): https://www.michigan.gov/PRE

Office of the Assessor - (313) 224-3035

Read our Vacant Land Policy here.

Neighborhood Lots - Program Launched… More Lots Coming Soon!

  • Allows homeowners to purchase lots within 500 feet of their primary residence
  • Purchasers must have a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)
  • Sales limited to two per household
  • Sales will have a three-year Compliance period, allowing the DLBA to reconvey the lot if the purchaser is found to be at fault for blight violations
  • Requires the endorsement of the local (or at-large) City Council Member, Block Club registered with the Department of Neighborhoods, DLBA Community Partner in good standing, or Department of Neighborhood District Manager or Deputy District Manager.

Read our Vacant Land Policy here.

View current Listings here.

Infill Lots - Coming Soon!

  • DLBA to sell vacant lots for the development of new housing
  • Targeted at 1-2 lot projects to create opportunities for local small-scale developers
  • Purchaser to provide a thorough project plan, including financing and design documents, which will be reviewed by the DLBA and City Planning staff
  • Developers of affordable housing units subject to monitoring by the City’s Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department for 10 years shall receive a discount of:
    1. 50% off of the purchase price, if at least 25% of the units are affordable to those earning no more than 80% of AMI; or
    2. 80% off of the purchase price, if at least 25% of units are affordable to those earning no more than 50% of AMI.

Read our Vacant Land Policy here.

Homestead Lots - Coming Soon!

  • DLBA will select bundles of vacant lots to be sold alongside certain homes via Own It Now, Auction, and Rehabbed & Ready listings. The lot must be either:
    1. Adjacent to a DLBA-owned residential property that includes an existing residential structure of 1-4 units, or
    2. part of a contiguous assemblage of Homestead Lots that are Adjacent to such a property
  • If a purchaser defaults on Compliance terms of the house, DLBA will have the right to take back title to Homestead Lots
  • Lots sold for $100 each ,in addition to the sales price of the bundled property.

Read our Vacant Land Policy here.

Land Review Areas

  • Inclusive Housing Opportunity Areas: where home sales have averaged $100/square foot, or more, over the last year. These are areas where housing inclusivity is, or is likely to become, a pronounced challenge.

  • Jobs and Amenity Development Areas: where publicly owned vacant lots account for a third or more of all parcels. These may create opportunity for the development of large-scale public or private Revitalization projects.

  • Project Coordination Areas: where City planning, housing, infrastructure, economic development, or recreation agencies have formally requested that the DLBA coordinate sales in connection with planned or ongoing Revitalization projects that use DLBA properties.

  • Project Hold Areas: where City Revitalization Offices have agreements in place barring or restricting the sale of DLBA property in that geographic area.

  • Residents can access the map of Land Review Areas, here.

Read our Vacant Land Policy here.

Buffalo Street Farm - Phase 1

Partners: Buffalo Street Farm Status: Complete
District: 3 Neighborhood: Davison
Pipeline: Economic Development Project Type: Agriculture
Number of Parcels: 4 Closing Date: 5/6/2016

Project Summary

Buffalo Street Farm would like to expand their farm and be able to provide more for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), local residents, as well as local restaurants.


Land Based Project listings target community organizations or for-profit buyers that will activate vacant lots for agriculture, gardening, gathering space, or beautification. Some listings may include vacant lots and a house that can be used as a residence or workspace.


5003 Fernwood, Detroit, MI 48204


2903 Elmhurst, Detroit, MI 48206


Click here to view more bundles.

DLBA Disclaimer of Endorsement

Any reference obtained from this packet to a specific product, process or service does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the Detroit Land Bank Authority or the City of Detroit of the product, process or service, or its producer or provider.

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Contribute to your neighborhood by endorsing purchases of Neighborhood Lots for acceptable uses consistent with City ordinances

Eligible organizations include:

  • a local block club or a local neighborhood association, in each case registered with the City’s Department of Neighborhoods:
  • a DLBA approved Community Partners in good standing; or
  • the local District-elected City Council Member or one of the At-Large City Council Members.

Register with the City’s Department of Neighborhoods.

For more information about becoming an endorser contact landreuse@detroitlandbank.org

Click here to start the process.

Check out our social media pages for chances to be featured on our webpage and social media platforms.

Be the force that drives CHANGE on your block!

Join Us & Local Representatives in discussion for Land Stewardship

District 2 Department of Neighborhoods Virtual Meeting featuring DLBA Land Reuse Team

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6pm

Join via Zoom – Webinar ID: 998 6190 5552, Passcode: 222222

https://zoom.us/j/99861905552?pwd=eUE0SWVmbE40RTdBZ2p5aVhUbzliZz09

Dial in: Phone # (312) 626-6799


District 6 Department of Neighborhoods Virtual Meeting featuring DLBA Land Reuse Team

Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 4pm

Join via Zoom – Webinar ID: 363 140 9738

https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/3631409738

Dial in: Phone # (312) 626-6799, (929) 436-2866, (346) 248-7799


East Davison Village Meeting featuring DLBA Land Reuse Team

Friday, October 9, 2020 at 5:30pm


Dexter Linwood Building Blocks Spotlight & Pathways to Homeownership

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 5pm


Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López Vacant Land Workshop (Spanish) featuring DLBA Land Reuse Team

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5pm

Join via Zoom – Webinar ID: 914 0927 4709, Passcode: D6Land

https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/91409274709?pwd=N3BBYml6TWd4cVBQUkZQSTFlQ2JLdz09

Dial in: Phone # (312) 626-6799, Join via Zoom – Webinar ID: 914 0927 4709, Passcode: 740553


Department of Neighborhoods Citywide Launch Update featuring DLBA Land Reuse Team

Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5pm

Join via Zoom – Webinar ID: 363 140 9738#

https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/3631409738

Dial in: Phone # (312) 626-6799, (346) 248-7799

For assistance, or additional inquiries please call 313-974-6869, email at inquire@detroitlandbank.org