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Mayor Mike Duggan announced his latest plan to help curb Detroit's blight problem on Wednesday, outlining a plan where Detroiters could lease vacant lots for the low price of $25 a year to use for gardens, parks, recreational uses, and more, according to the Free Press
Duggan discussed the plan on Wednesday at the sixth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference
, which started Tuesday at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. According to Duggan, residents will be able to lease a vacant lot for that price for three years as long as a neighborhood block club approves the request. Duggan estimates thousands of lots could be transferred this way.
The new program does not yet have a firm launch date, though Duggan said it will launch this summer. The conference ends today.
Staff writer Lee DeVito opines weekly on arts and culture for the Detroit Metro Times.