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Baltimore Approves Plan To Allow Residents To Claim Vacant Lots

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Baltimore Approves Plan To Allow Residents To Claim Vacant Lots

According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, “Under a plan approved by the city’s spending board yesterday, community groups that nurture a vacant lot for five years will be able to form a land trust to buy the plot for a nominal fee from the city.”

The program was initiated by Baltimore Green Space.  Baltimore Green Space was founded in 2007 by a group of community gardeners who wanted to see their communities’ treasured open spaces remain available to residents.   By working in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, the group developed criteria for identifying appropriate lots and a process for the City to transfer the community-managed property to a land trust.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Residents who wish to purchase a site from the city must create a nonprofit organization and demonstrate that the land is being used for a fruit and vegetable garden, play area, neighborhood gathering space or in some way enhancing the community, under the plan approved by the Board of Estimates. If the land belongs to an absentee landlord, the city will attempt to acquire it through tax-sale foreclosure and sell it to the community group.

For the full article from the Sun, CLICK HERE.

For more information about starting a green space in Baltimore City, CLICK HERE.

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