In October, the City of Eustis' kicked off an innovative program aimed at reducing the number of City-owned vacant lots. "Mow-to-Own" allowed the acquisition of property through routine maintenance instead of a traditional cash purchase.
The program commits applicants to maintain 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.”
On Jan. 3, the City released the new list of the 14 surplus properties still available. Interested parties may visit www.eustis.org for a list and map of the properties. Of the 14 properties still available, nine are eligible for the Mow-to-Own program and five other properties are eligible for a cash bid only. Interested parties may visit the city’s website here for a list and map of the 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.
For this second offering, Mow to Own applications and cash bids will be considered on a first come, first served basis. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 per property for the Mow to Own applications to cover administrative and legal fees. Applications can be delivered to the Development Services Department located in City Hall at 4 N. Grove St. For more information call (352) 483-5460.
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