BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
The City of Daytona Beach will conclude the receipt of proposals by persons interested in the purchase of surplus land owned by the city or its Community Redevelopment Agency on February 17, at 2 p.m.
The 53 properties, mostly in zones five and six of Daytona Beach, include commercial/mixed use development, single-family residential, combinable lots and lots that are not buildable. The decision to sale the properties came last year.
For individuals seeking to put in a proposal but have limited knowledge on the process, Daytona Beach city spokesperson Susan Cerbone says help is available through area organizations. “The Mid-Florida Housing Corporation has homeownership counseling and does a lot of work with first-time buyers and there may be some financial assistance with that as well,” she shared.
“They aren’t a part of the city but they can help someone with putting together a proposal or seeing what other resources are available.”
How to win
The city will use a rubric dependent on property type and location to determine the proposer who is most qualified and offers the best value to the city. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: Whether the proposer owns property adjacent to the city-owned property; the dollar amount offered to purchase the real estate; and the proposer’s intended use or development. Due to this criteria, it is possible that someone who offers a lower price but has a development plan that is more favorable to the city versus someone who wants to purchase the property with no plans of enhancing it at a higher price can win the contract with the city.
“I would hope that whomever does purchase the property (the commercial/mixed development) would consider some type of economic development for that community,” shared Daytona Beach Commissioner Paula Reed.
To submit a proposal, a full 14 digit parcel number, the amount offered, intended use of property, proposed date to build structure (if any) and a summary of the purchaser’s proposal must be given. The city will consider all proposals submitted. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked in order for each property, beginning with the one deemed most advantageous to the city.
A form needs to be completed for each property the proposer intends to make an offer on and can be found on the city’s website at codb.us. These sealed proposals are to be delivered to the office of the Purchasing Agent, Daytona Beach City Hall, Room 146, 301 South Ridgewood Ave. Daytona Beach, Florida 32114.
Upon completion of satisfactory negotiations, the proposal negotiated as the best will be recommended to the City Commission.
Properties located in minority areas
As previously reported in the Daytona Times, only two properties on the original list are from the Main Street area and one from downtown. The remaining 50 properties are located in or near Midtown, a predominantly Black section of the city.
Thirty-eight of the lots are residential and suitable to be redeveloped in accordance with the respective Community Redevelopment Area master plans. Three lots are commercial to Midtown and suitable to be redeveloped in accordance to the Midtown Redevelopment Plan.
Additionally, four lots are not buildable but can be combined together and sold as buildable lots and eight lots up for sale, are not buildable and should be offered to the adjacent property owners for purchase.