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Champaign Accepts Offers for 3 North End Residential Lots | Lodging

CHAMPAIGN — The city of Champaign is looking for buyers for a few lots that could be future sites for new homes.

The Champaign Neighborhood Services Department is soliciting bids for three city-owned residential lots at 606 W. Bradley Ave., 505 W. Bradley Ave. and 40 E. Beardsley Ave.

Each lot is valued at less than $30,000, according to Betsy Barclay, community development specialist at the city.

They were among six city-owned properties the city solicited bids for in January, but only three of the six have been purchased at that time, all by Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, Barclay said.

City code compliance officer Tim Spear said the three lots were acquired by the city after their structures were demolished due to code violations, then a lien for the cost of the demolition had not been paid.

This process usually follows an unsuccessful attempt to get the owner to fix the violations, he said.

If the city has no use for the lots it acquires, buyers are sought through a bidding process typically held twice a year, Barclay said.

“These are great lots, and we want to get them back into people’s hands,” she said.

There is no minimum bid for the three lots currently available, and the deadline to submit a bid is noon on August 24, Barclay said.Information on how to obtain the application documents can be found at https://bit.ly/ChampaignLotBids.