Renovate a garageTell us about a garage
Sometimes a house is demolished, but its garage sticks around. It's odd, but we're committed to helping neighbors make it work.
The lonely garage
Fires and other emergencies can force a house to be demolished. But, unattached garages (and their driveways) might not suffer the same fate. These lonely garages don't make much sense on their own, but they can be a great addition to a neighboring property if the owners want it.
If you're living near one of these garages and it seems abandoned, let us know so we can do a proper investigation and see how we can help. If we move forward, we have developed a simple process to make the garage productive again.
Step 1: Tell us about the garage
If you'd like to renovate the garage, the best way to bring it to our attention is by filling out our Request for Property Investigation. That will get the ball rolling so we can reach back out with a plan.
If you think the garage needs to be demolished, please fill out our Vacant Lot Application instead. This will help us evaluate the project as a vacant land opportunity first and foremost.
Step 2: Land Bank becomes the owner
If we see a path to becoming the owner of this lonely garage, we'll get started. If all goes well, we'll become the owner in the due course of time with a clear title to the property.
Sometimes, a garage will have to go through tax foreclosure and be put up for a Sheriff's sale. If this happens, we'll do our best to let you know so you can be ready to bid on the garage yourself. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with tax foreclosure so you're ready for this possibility.
Step 3: Inspection & offer
Once we're the owner, we will inspect the garage so we know what kind of repairs it might need.
We will then reach out and invite you and any other adjacent neighbors who are interested to submit an offer and renovation plan to us. This will be your chance to tell us how you'll use the garage, how you'll repair it to a safe condition, how much you are willing to pay for it, and where that money will come from. We'll definitely take the renovation costs into consideration when determining the purchase price.
Step 4: Close on the sale
If the Land Bank accepts your offer, we'll schedule a closing. At closing, you will become the new owner, but the Land Bank will keep a secured interest on the property. This secured interest will remain on title until all renovation work is complete and passes our inspection.
Step 5: Renovate the garage
Three months is the typical time frame the Land Bank allows for garage renovation work, but we can be flexible on the timing. Once you complete the renovation, the Land Bank will schedule a property inspection. If you pass the inspection, we'll satisfy our interest and the property will be yours, free and clear. The lonely garage won't be lonely anymore!