Side Lot Program

Side Lots are vacant lots next to an already owned house which can, with the agreement of neighbors, be purchased through the Land Bank.

Since the Land Bank started in 2010, vacant lots around Kalamazoo County have been put to creative uses by people that live, work, or play in these neighborhoods. The program offers opportunities to take vacant and unused space and make it more beautiful and productive. Adding property to an existing house also increases property values,

In 2019, the Land Bank surveyed 185 Side Lot participants to learn what were the benefits of the program. Over 70% said their side lot purchase increased their feeling of pride for their block and neighborhood. See further survey results HERE.

If you are interested in purchasing a vacant parcel adjacent to your home, please identify a property that interests you through the Property Search, then fill out an application.  Applications are available in English or Espanol. If you have questions, please contact our Senior Operations Coordinator at (269) 762-6191.

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Now an Edison art park

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