BY JAMES HARPER
Since the Daytona Times reported last month that the city of Daytona Beach plans to sell 53 parcels of land in the predominantly Black Midtown, many residents were upset that they were not notified that such a major sale was taking place before commissioners voted to sell the properties.
Dr. Evelyn Bethune told the Daytona Times had she not read about the sale of the properties in the newspaper she and others in the Black community may not have had an opportunity to bid on the parcels of land.
Daytona Beach Redevelopment Director Reed A. Berger recently told the Times, “When the RFP (request for proposal) is released all that information will be available to the public at the same time through public notice, including who and where.”
Public notice coming
Reed also said he would look into publishing a public notice advertisement in the Times.
“Now that we have approval to dispose of property, we are in process of preparing a request for proposal for the buildable properties that will be published later this summer. People can bid on the parcels when the public notice is published,” he said.
Many of the properties on the list did not have an address.
Berger said locations of properties are by parcel number provided by county appraiser’s records. Both the city and county have interactive maps that can show these property locations when the parcel number is entered.
Some not buildable
Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry he supported selling the properties back to the public because it could at least mean that the new property owner will build something – a business or a home – on the property.
Berger said in a memo to City Manager Jim Chisholm they wanted the city officials to approve a resolution that “allows the CRA and city to consider sale for far less than the fair market value.”
Only two properties on the list are from the Main Street area and one from downtown, which means most on the list of properties proposed to be declared surplus are from Midtown.
Eight lots up for sale, according to Berger’s memo to Chisholm, are “not buildable (and) should be offered to the adjacent property owners for purchase.”
Thirty-eight of the lots are residential and suitable to be redeveloped in accordance with the respective Community Redevelopment Area master plans.
The memo also said four lots are not buildable but can be combined together and sold as buildable lots.
Three lots are commercial to Midtown and suitable to be redeveloped in accordance to the Midtown Redevelopment Plan.