WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - For the cost of a cheeseburger, city-owned lots in Warren will be up for sale for $1. And that price is only for homeowners adjacent from the lots.
Warren owns 136 lots from past tax-reverted purchases. In addition to the $1 sale, the purchaser will also be responsible for closing costs not exceeding $700. The city says property taxes will be around $150 annually. Mayor Jim Fouts says these sales are a win-win for all parties involved; a bargain for adjacent homeowners, and money saved for the city.
"For a lot that's owned by the city, we have to maintain it." said Fouts "It becomes an eyesore, a distraction to the neighbors, the weeds develop, people use it as a dumping ground."
"I wouldn't be able to take care of another property." said Betty Muller, 80, who lives adjacent to a lot, "Sounds like a deal, but not for me."
The city says many of the lots are next to rental properties and points out renters are not eligible for the $1 sale.