Thank you for your interest in the City of Decatur properties.  Please complete this form as soon as possible and return it to the address at the top of the form.  After you submit the completed form, the City will review for approval.  If approved, City staff will contact you to determine a price for the lot and begin drafting a Quit Claim Deed for transfer of the property.  You will be responsible for the payment and recording of the Quit Claim Deed with the Macon County Recorder of Deeds.

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The city acquired these properties through foreclosure of demolition liens, donations, or purchased from the Macon County Trustee and other means. Most of the tracts are vacant, often because the city demolished derelict structures on these properties in the past. Some of the properties are small, and therefore they may be better re-used by appending them to adjoining lots. During the last year, the City Council has acted to make it easier to acquire, fence, improve and passively re-use these properties as “side lots.” The city is actively trying to sell these lots, and it disposes of most single tracts to adjoining owners.

However, in many cases the city owns multiple adjoining lots. Where this is the situation, the City Council has directed that staff contact local non-profit organizations who might be interested in redeveloping and repurposing these tracts to help revitalize the neighborhoods where they are located. To facilitate such a reuse of larger vacant tracts, the city is willing to transfer properties to non-profit entities for just $1, if they have a plan for the repurposing or redevelopment of the land.

For those properties not sold or transferred to local entities, the city may turn to the Central Illinois Landbank, an agency that can market the tracts to a wider audience. If you or your non-profit organization has an interest in acquiring any of the parcels on this map before they are picked up by another party, please contact Greg Crowe or Tim Dudley in the Community Development Department to learn more about how you or your organization can come to own and hopefully redevelop or re-purpose some of these properties.

Side Yard Uses

Acquired adjacent side yards may be used to expand the outdoor living space of existing residential properties for beautification, gardens and placement of small portable accessory structures permitted by current zoning regulations such as:

  1. Play Equipment, Pet Shelters and Open Pergolas.
  2. Fences
  3. Small Utility and Garden Sheds. Sheds, no greater than 100 square feet and not greater than 9 feet in height.

Larger permanent accessory structures such as garages and sheds greater than 100 square feet or greater than 9 feet in height require a building permit and the consolidation of the two lots. Please let us know if you are interested in building a permanent accessory structure on the requested side lot prior to purchase, so City Staff can discuss the requirements.

If you have any additional questions, contact me at 217-424-2786 by phone or email at  Again, thanks for your interest.