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Wanted: Visions for vacant lots

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Mayor Greg Fischer Mayor Greg Fischer

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A creative competition to create a use for thousands of vacant lots around Louisville Metro was announced Tuesday.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced the Lots of Possibility competition, a call for the most creative ideas to redevelop some of Louisville's vacant lots to put them to good use.

Fischer said, "So if you've got a great idea to bring a vacant lot back to life, we need to hear it. And we want ideas obviously that are creative, a little bold and out of the box, ideas that will make us rethink what a vacant lot is and how it can be used, and not looking at vacant properties just as a problem property but as an opportunity for some exciting and energetic redevelopment."

A total of $38,000 in prize money will be awarded to winners to carry out their vision.

According to a release from the Mayor's Press Officer the prize money will be awarded in two areas:

  • Proposals involving construction for residential or commercial use. Proposals submitted in this category should include a long-term/permanent use of a vacant lot managed by Metro Government. Up to two winners will receive ownership of the vacant lot and $15,000 to implement their proposal.
  • Proposals involving temporary or interim use of vacant lots. This category is designed for proposals that identify innovative ways to repurpose vacant lots. Uses are not expected to be permanent at the outset, but rather to preserve the land for future potential development. Up to two winners will receive a one-year land lease (renewable for an additional year, for a total of a two-year land lease). Winners will also receive $4,000 to help implement their idea.

Six finalists will be chosen from each category. Finalists will be announced in April.

The deadline for entries is February 24. To learn more about the competition, click here.  

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