The City of Eustis will kick off "Mow to Own", a new program aimed at reducing the number of City-owned, vacant lots by allowing acquisition of property through routine maintenance instead of a cash purchase.
The "Mow to Own" program commits applicants to maintain vacant, City-owned property for two years after which the property is conveyed to the applicant. The properties will be visited regularly by Eustis Code Enforcement to ensure compliance. Eligible participants of the program include adjacent owner-occupants, non-profit organizations and any other interested parties.
“The City of Eustis owns numerous, vacant properties throughout the City that are available for sale or transfer and it’s our desire to see these properties developed or incorporated into neighboring yards,” said City Manager Ron Neibert. “This unique program will allow these properties to return to the tax roll and will reduce the number of properties that our Public Works Department must mow, thereby reducing some of the City’s maintenance expenses.”
Interested parties may visit the city’s website here for a list and map of the Eustis' surplus properties and the "Mow to Own" application.
“The properties that we’ve identified as "Mow to Own" eligible are generally smaller properties, less than a half an acre in size, and are located mostly in residential neighborhoods,” said Lori Barnes, Development Services Director.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 per property to cover administrative and legal fees. Sealed envelopes labeled “Property Bid,” including the completed application, bid sheet and deposit, must be received by the Development Services Department located in City Hall at 4 N. Grove St. by November 2 at 2 p.m.
For more information please contact City of Eustis Development Services at (352) 483-5460.
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