Tax forfeited land on Park Point to be up for public auction

By KBJR News 1

August 18, 2014 Updated Aug 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Tax forfeited land on Park Point in Duluth will soon go up for auction.

The city has made changes to the original parcels of land, after people living on Park Point said they deserve a chance to purchasing the land around their homes.

People living along Park Point say they have a very strong sense of community, and hope to keep it that way.

Under Minnesota state law, if a parcel of land is classified as conforming, or abiding by land-use control restrictions, the state is obligated to put the land up for auction.

Originally two parcels of land were to be sold, but now the city has divided them into twenty lots, giving homeowners a better chance at placing and winning bids.

"I just want to encourage you to vote in favor of selling individual parcels of land in the tax forfeit land issue between 13th and 15th on Park Point to the individuals that are adjacent to those properties," said Northlander Ken College.

"There will be information sent out to each property owner who does have property adjacent to one of these lots that will set forth a specific process and contact information people have, any specific questions about the parcel that they would like to bid on," said councilor Barb Russ.

Many of those living on Park Point say they're glad the city is giving them an opportunity to bid on smaller pieces of land.

City councilors say the lots still need to be appraised, so they will likely go up for public auction in November at the earliest.