City-owned properties have been redeveloped primarily forresidential use, including new condominiums and townhomes. Most ofthe parcels are concentrated on the South and West sides of thecity, notes 3rd Ward Alderman Dorothy Tillman, who objected to theshift before the measure was recommended for approval by the citycouncil's committee on housing and real estate.

"This is not just a simple consolidation," Tillman charges."You're changing the rules of the game."

Before city-owned properties are sold, prospective purchasersturn in a letter of intent, which is forwarded to the respectivealdermen for their recommendation, says department of generalservices asset manager Cosmo Briatta. Denial by an alderman is avirtual veto, as fellow council members typically follow suit whendevelopment proposals, including sales, come up for a vote.

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