Rockford City Council approved 8 vacant properties for ‘Mow to Own’ program

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Eight vacant lots in Rockford are now under new ownership after city council agrees to sell the land.

It’s part of the city’s Mow to Own program. It allows neighbors to use sweat equity to buy the properties at a discount. Those neighbors maintain the lots and get $25 credit each time.

City leaders say it’s a win for everybody involved.

“We don’t incur costs related to maintenance, in mowing, and these property owners are receiving a benefit from that sweat equity, and making, having more property that will contribute, not only to their existing lot but their entire neighborhood,” said Karl Franzen, Director, Community & Economic Development of the city of Rockford.

More than 50 lots throughout Rockford currently qualify for the Mow to Own program.

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