Program Description and Purpose
The City of Knoxville offers vacant lots and lots with substandard
structures for sale to individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses.
These properties have been identified by the City for acquisition
to further its mission to remove blight, redevelop neighborhoods and
provide affordable housing opportunities. The purchaser will be required,
in almost all cases, to construct a new dwelling on the property or
rehabilitate the existing structure.
The city posts a list of all available properties, with any restrictions,
web site and in the Community Development Office in the City County
Building. All properties are posted for at least 30 days before the
Homemakers Program committee will act on applications. Downloadable
applications are available at the top of this page, and here: Application
Part 1 [PDF] & Application
Part 2 [PDF] and at the Community Development office.
All plans must be reviewed for neighborhood compatibility. If a parcel
is not buildable, applications for related residential use, such as
combining with adjacent residential property or community gardens
will be considered.
The city establishes a target price for each parcel. Applications
with offers below the target price will be considered if the reduced
price is necessary to make the project affordable to low-income homebuyers
Homemakers Committee meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each
month. Applications must be received in the Community Development
Office, City County Building, room 519, at least 15 days prior to
the Homemakers Committee meeting.
Applications will only be accepted for properties on the Homemakers
List at the date of application. Due to the fact that competing proposals
may be received at the same Homemakers Committee meeting please ensure
your proposed price and development plan is your "best and final"
offer for purchase. If your offer is not accepted and the property
remains on the listing in subsequent months, you may re-apply for
purchase with a new application.
Once an application is approved, the purchaser will enter into a conditional
sale agreement, which will specify the terms of the purchase and conditions
of transfer to the purchaser. The purchaser must submit plans within
90 days of the date of the agreement for new construction or rehabilitation
of an existing structure. He/she must provide a written commitment
for financing for the project. The purchaser must agree to construct
a dwelling or rehabilitate the existing structure within one-year
following delivery of the deed. The construction/rehabilitation must
commence within 180 days of the deed transfer.
Property will be transferred by Deed with restrictive covenants, a
reverter clause, or other mechanism that will enforce compliance with
the terms, covenants and conditions required by the Homemakers Agreement.
City Council must give final approval of all purchases.
For additional information or to verify that a property is still available,
please call 865-215-2120.