Record #: SO2017-6522   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 9/6/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Housing and Real Estate
Final action: 10/11/2017
Title: Sale of City-owned property at various locations under Large Lot Program
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm
Topic: PROPERTY - Sale
Attachments: 1. SO2017-6522.pdf, 2. SO2017-6522 (V1).pdf, 3. O2017-6522.pdf

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule unit of government under Section 6(a), Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970 and may exercise any power related to its local governmental affairs; and

WHEREAS, the City has acquired title to numerous parcels of vacant property located throughout the City of Chicago pursuant to its responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, many of the City-owned parcels are of minimal value, yet are costly for the City to clean-up and maintain; and

WHEREAS, by ordinance passed by the City Council of the City (the "City Council") on December 10, 2014, the City established the Large Lot Program (codified in Chapter 2-157 of the Municipal Code of Chicago; the "Large Lot Program Ordinance") for the disposition of certain City-owned, vacant parcels, in order to provide local residents greater control over land in their neighborhood and the opportunity to possibly profit from selling those parcels in the future as the areas in which the parcels are located revitalize; and

WHEREAS, it is the City's intention to dispose of those certain City-owned, vacant parcels (i.e., no structures), which are zoned residential, located in various community areas, and identified in Exhibit A attached hereto (each, a "City Parcel", and collectively, the "City Parcels"); and

WHEREAS, public notice advertising the proposed sale of the City Parcels appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times on January 17, 24 and 31, 2017; and

WHEREAS, the City's Department of Planning and Development (the "Department") has received applications relating to the disposition of the City Parcels; and

WHEREAS, the Department has evaluated the applications based on the criteria set forth in the Large Lot Program Ordinance; and

WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 17-061-21 adopted by the Plan Commission of the City (the "Plan Commission") on September 20, 2017, the Plan Commission recommended the sale of the City Parcels; now...

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