Division of Real Estate

Susan B. Anthony House

MISSION STATEMENT

The City of Rochester’s Division of Real Estate is charged with the responsible management and oversight of all City-owned and City utilized real estate assets via sales, leases, licenses and property retention procedures. It is the goal of this division to responsibly oversee permanently owned City property and City facilities while returning surplus City property to productive use for the goal of home ownership, business development, neighborhood enhancement, tax collection and operational cost avoidance.


 

AUCTIONS AND PROPERTY SALES

  • Surplus Property Auctions - These auctions are of property currently owned by the City of Rochester. Participation in these auctions requires applications and review of qualifications, and may require a development proposal.   The 2019 Surplus Auction has already been held. Check Back in late Spring/Early summer of 2020 for information on next years surplus sale. Also check back periodically for RFP sales, and check the Land Bank Link below for events they might be having.  
  • City Tax Foreclosure Auctions -The City does not own these tax-delinquent properties, but they are auctioned for the starting amount of the unpaid taxes each November. There is no prequalification needed for participation other than bringing funds to the auction, and there is no development proposals needed. (2019 Auction completed. Check back next summer for preliminary 2020 auction information)

  • Request for Proposal (RFP) Sales - These are properties that the City owns, usually desirable vacant development lots or mixed use or commercial structures. Development Plans are required and is a competitive application and review process.  (There are no properties currently available via RFP)

  • Vacant Lot Sales- These are residential sites available for sale. Adjacent property owners can purchase for combination with their existing parcel, or non-adjacent owners can purchase with a qualified development plan through RFP process. 
  • Development Ready Sites- These are prime development sites that have been identified and evaluated for larger development projects.

 


 

PERMITS/LEASES/DONATIONS

  • Lease Opportunities- The City has a small selection of properties that may be available for long or short term lease.
  • Temporary License Agreements- The City offers short term license agreements on City owned land for various reasons.  
  • Garden Permits- Community Garden Permits on Vacant Lots. 1 year permits available to individuals,  and 5 year leases available to organizations with experience. 
  • Donation of Privately Owned Real Estate -Donation of Real Estate to the City. The City will consider accepting donations of real estate assets on a case by case basis. Acceptance is not guaranteed and the property must be deemed to be useful to the City in some way.
     

GIS/MAPPING

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Neighborhood & Business Development
Business and Housing Development
Division of Real Estate
30 Church Street-Room 125B
Rochester, NY 14614

 

585-428-6951
 

PARTNER AGENCIES/DEPARTMENTS

The Following activities are not part of the Division of Real Estate, but are partner programs within and outside the City. Please see below for links to more information.

  •  Rochester Land Bank Corporation  The Land Bank will acquire and dispose of real property when a disposition strategy has been identified within the context of City designated community development projects or redevelopment plans. The disposition strategy may include holding the property in the Land Bank for a period of time, demolition, sale to a developer or other strategies.
  • Rehab and Repair Grants- The Real Estate Division is not the contact group for Grants or Loans for rehab or property repair. Please click on the title link for more information on this topic.  
  • Business Loans, Servicing and Grants- The City does have a business development division that offers financial assistance. Please click on the title link for more information on this topic. 
  • HOUSING DEVELOPMENT- First Time Homebuyer programs and homeowner education programs and links for affordable housing resources through the City and partner agencies.
  • MONROE COUNTY PROPERTY AUCTIONS