City to sell land after nonprofit builds home on wrong lot

AP News
|
Posted: May 07, 2015 12:53 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Officials in one Massachusetts city are moving to sell a city-owned lot that Habitat for Humanity mistakenly built a home on.

The sale would allow the family that lives there to stay.

The Republican (http://bit.ly/1zOs3Yt ) in Springfield reports that the home was built in 2012, but the mistake wasn't discovered until a year later. The nonprofit was supposed to build a home on the adjacent parcel.

The city council voted this week to give first-step approval to a bill that will allow Springfield to sell the lot to Habitat for $3,000. Generally, the city has to seek competing proposals either through an auction or a formal request for proposals.

Habitat officials say the home was one of several it built for low-income families displaced by the 2011 tornado.

___

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/