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      Soliciting bids for property through the Fix or Flatten program

      Just one of the 24 properties that someone could bid on as part of the city's Fix or Flatten program.

      Since 1995, the City of Quincy has been targeting certain properties that have fallen into disrepair.

      It's part of the city's Fix or Flatten program.

      Through that program, properties are identified as being blighted and the legal process begins for the city to take ownership of the property. And eventually the properties are offered through a sealed bidding process so they can can back on the tax roles.

      But before that, a prospective bidder must submit an action plan with their bid on how they plan to fix up the property and bring it up to city code.

      This year there are 24 properties that someone could bid on. Click here for a complete list of these properties.

      James Teduschi lives across the street from one of the properties on the city's list. It's at the corner of 6th and Lind and he hopes someone bids on the property and that they will fix up the old two-story house.

      "Well, I mean, it's just bringing down the property values and it's an eyesore and somebody needs to do something with it," Teduschi said.

      That's what the city hopes as well.

      "It's a huge benefit for the city to release these properties and have someone else take care of them," Quincy City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer said.

      Bevelheimer added that every property in question has to meet a certain criteria before the city takes over as the property owner.

      To qualify for the fix or flatten program, which is basically the Unsafe Building statuee that the State of Illinois has, the properties have to have delinquent taxes, utilities shut off, they have to be dangerous and unsafe and open to the public. And that's what all these properties presented when the city got involved with them," Bevelheimer said.

      When the bid is submitted, there's also a requirement that a plan of action for the property be submitted as well.

      Bevelheimer said if a property is too narrow for the construction of a new house, the city hopes a next-door neighbor will buy the property to expand the size of his or her yard.

      Prospective bidder have until Thursday morning April 11th at 11 a.m. to submit their bid to the city clerk's office.