Have you been looking to build a new home in a lively and established urban neighborhood? The City of Milwaukee is featuring seven lots in four neighborhoods adjacent to downtown. This is a great opportunity to build your dream home in an established community close to jobs, shopping, schools, parks, entertainment and public transit.
The City of Milwaukee is accepting offers for single family, new home construction on these sites!
• 3481 S. Ellen Street
Historic Walker's Point Neighborhood
• 1100 S. 4th Street
Lower East Side Neighborhood
• 1128 E. Kane Place
• 2929 N. Weil Street
• 2649-51 N. Bremen Street
• 3260 N. Booth Street
Historic Brewer's Hill Neighborhood
• 100-02 W. Brown Street
Country Estate in the City
Ideal for the buyer who wants to be in the City but have lots of space to spread-out. This lot is over four acres and is very convenient to shopping and transportation. Build your garden paradise here.
Mill Valley Neighborhood
• 11936 West Appleton Avenue
Building on a City of Milwaukee Vacant Lot
1. Find a builder -- design your home
- Milwaukee's New Home Catalogue
- Find an experienced homebuilder and prepare your house plans
- Design a home that is appropriate for the lot and the neighborhood. Pay attention to:
2. Prepare your budget
- Work with your builder to prepare an affordable budget that works for your project
- Avoid surprises by reserving in your budget or by making sure the following costs are included in the contract with your builder:
- $5,000 to $10,000 for additional excavation and soil disposal trucking fees since most City lots contain old foundations
- $8,000 for sewer and water lateral connections to city utilities in the street
- Costs for tree removal or utility pole relocation
These are approximate costs. Your costs may vary. Understand what is covered in the contract with your builder and what costs you may be responsible for.
3. Obtain a prequalification letter for your budgeted costs
4. Submit your offer
- Complete the City Vacant Land Offer to Purchase
- Read the offer carefully for expiration and performance dates, buyer policies, sale terms and conditions and City disclosures
- Make sure all blanks are completed
- No broker is needed and the City will not pay any brokerage fees
- Attach your mortgage prequalification letter
- Submit the house elevations and a site plan if available for DCD approval. If you do not have plans yet, you must submit them in 30 days of offer acceptance.
DCD will accept your offer if the offering price is reasonable, your plans are compatible with the neighborhood and our design standards and you do not violate the City Buyer Policies.
5. Work on your final plans
- Obtain DCD plan approval if plans were not submitted with your offer
- Apply for a building permit with DCD’s Development Center for the approved design
6. Close on the lot
Closing must happen within 120 days of offer acceptance. Contingencies include submission to DCD of the following:
- Building permit for the approved design
- Executed construction contract
- Final financing with no contingencies and/or evidence of equity that matches your contract
The City will convey by Quit Claim Deed on an “as is, where is” basis. The City will provide title insurance if the sales price is $5,000 or more.
7. Start building!
- Construction must start within 15 days of closing
- You must finish building and landscaping within 12 months of closing
8. Move In.
Questions? If you are unsure about the appropriateness of your plans in terms of lot size or design, call us at (414) 286-5762 before submitting your offer.