Side and Vacant Lot Programs

Side Lot Program

The Side Lot Program allows qualifying homeowners to purchase adjacent vacant lots at a special price from the Erie County Land Bank. The purchase of a residential vacant lot enables homeowners to expand their yard, increasing the overall value of their property.

How it Works

If you own a property adjacent to a vacant lot owned by the Erie County Land Bank, and you would be interested in purchasing it, please fill out an application. Applications are reviewed by the Erie County Land Bank on a first-come-first-served basis. The team will review to determine compliance with policies and procedures as well as existing neighborhood plans.  

Eligible Properties

Parcels of property eligible for inclusion in the Side Lot Disposition Program shall meet the following minimum criteria:

  • The parcel shall be vacant, unimproved real property.
  • The parcel shall be physically contiguous with real property owned by the prospective transferee.
  • The intended use for the parcel must be disclosed by the transferee and such use shall be consistent with local codes, including but not limited to zoning codes.

Minimum Qualifications:

All Side Lot Disposition Program transferees must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • The transferee must own contiguous property (with priority preference shown to owner-occupied transferees).
  • The transferee must not own any real property which has unmitigated violations of state or local codes (including building, zoning, and property maintenance).
  • The transferee must not own any real property that is tax delinquent.
  • The transferee must not have been the prior owner of any real property within Erie County that was acquired by a local government through execution of a judgment relating to municipal liens.

Pricing

The Land Bank will accept written offers from qualified owners of contiguous parcels for the purchase of the Land Bank properties made available for conveyance through the Side Lot Disposition Program.  The Land Bank has established the following formulas to calculate the minimum offer which would be considered:

  • The minimum offer for parcels with fifty feet (50’) or less of street frontage is $500.
  • The minimum offer for parcels with street frontage between fifty feet (50’) and one hundred feet (100’) will be calculated $10 for every one foot (1’) of street frontage. (For example, the minimum offer for a 65’ wide lot would be $650.)
  • The minimum offer for parcels with greater than one hundred feet (100’) street frontage would be one-half (50%) of the most recent Erie County-derived assessed value.
  • In all the above instances, the minimum offer for corner lots would be calculated based on the average street frontage, not a combined length of two frontages.
  • In addition to the offered consideration, the transferee of any property conveyed through the Side Lot Disposition Program would also be required to pay all “Transfer Closing Costs”.

Download Side Lot Application

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Vacant Lot Program

The Vacant Lot Program gives interested applicants the opportunity to acquire vacant and abandoned tax delinquent land, which may not be adjacent to the applicant’s property. This program also gives interested parties the opportunity to acquire property to construct new housing or buildings on the land.

Requirements

Interested parties must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be current on all property taxes and have no current housing or zoning code violations.
  • The applicant must be able to maintain the lot in accordance with all local building, housing and zoning codes.
  • All buildable vacant lots will be listed on the website for sale at a price determined by the TCLRC.

For further information or questions regarding the land bank properties, please contact us.

Vacant Lot Application Form