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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I obtain information about seeing and possibly purchasing property listed on this site?

A. When this property is available for sale, it will be advertised in the Boston Herald and on our web page. You can enter an "Expression of Interest" at the Clearinghouse by calling 635-4191 or completing and submitting the Expression of Interest Form on our web page. When the property is advertised, our office will notify you.

Q. I am interested in a property that the Web site states is advertised. But I do not see the listing on the Request for Proposals page. Is this property available for bidding?

A. Not currently, but potentially. If the property is not on the current list of ads, it was advertised previously and the deadline for submitting a proposal has passed. The proposals are being reviewed to select a potential buyer. As with any City-owned property, you can submit an Expression of Interest to receive information if the propery is re-advertised.

Q. Can you explain the disposition process to me?

A. Yes. Our disposition process is a sealed bid application called a Request for Proposal (RFP). The Request for Proposal includes a viewing date, information about the site, and an application to complete and submit for review. When a property is advertised, an RFP is available for pick up at the Bid Counter at 26 Court Street or available by calling 635-4828 for mailing. For a list of currently advertised properties, please check our web page or the Boston Globe on Mondays.

Q. Can you tell me how to be involved with  property listed as under "community review"?

A. You can call the Clearinghouse at 635-4191 to submit an Expression of Interest or complete the expression of interest form on our web page. When the property is advertised or if a community meeting is to be held, you will be notified.

Q. How do I find out the purchase price of a property I'm interested in?

A. The purchase price of the property is included in the RFP. The price is determined after an appraisal is done on the site. DND advertises all properties, reviews applications, and selects a buyer by ranking criteria included in the Request for Proposal application.

Q. I've seen properties that have Project Pride signs on them. Are they City-owned and are they for sale?

A. Project Pride is a coordinated program through DND and Inspectional Services Department (ISD). This program boards and secures privately owned property. If you call the Assessing Department at 635-4287, staff can provide you the private owner's name for your follow up.

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