Last week a for-sale sign went up at the 8,400-sq.-ft. vacant lot at the corner of Kipling and Stanford that’s been used for the past several years as an Audubon Place community garden. And there it was on MLS, available for $630K: the former homesite William Winkler had bought in 2012 and parceled out for neighborhood veggie-growing efforts, now offered as “the only lot in the Audubon Place Historic District that’s available to build a new construction home.“
Greenleaf Gardens began operating on the site in May 2012, after Winkler purchasing the lot for $300,000. Subscribers rented out 4-ft.-by-20-ft. raised-bed plots on the property.
Winkler considers the garden operation a success; he says he’s selling only because of a change in his personal financial situation. Several users of the garden have indicated they’d be willing to pay significantly higher annual subscription fees. Earlier this week, Winkler sent out an email indicating he’s open to another option: selling the property to a nonprofit that would keep the garden running.
A neighbor had suggested Winkler “start a nonprofit and crowd fund the purchase of the lot.” In the email, Winkler says he’s willing to try something like that, though he’s not interested in running any nonprofit himself. His email is meant to gauge interest in this kind of approach — the Audubon Place civic association, he suggests, could be the purchaser.
“Fact is, he writes, “I need to sell the lot and I would love to save the garden at the same time. If there seems to be enough interest I will approach the APCA to see what they think possible. If they did decide to go ahead with a crowd funding effort and enough funds were raised I would discount the purchase price 20% from the listed price.”
- 803 Kipling St. [HAR]
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