While the City of Gary, Indiana, prepares for thousands of fans to arrive there for a candlelight vigil on Michael’s anniversary on June 25th, the Lake County Commissioners have tabled a request to give Gary the parcel’s tax sale certificate for 2315 Jackson Street in a 3 – 0 vote Wednesday. The house is across the street from the old Jackson family home.
Mayor Clay said he wants to establish that block as a historic preservation district, and he said that process will be easier if Gary owns the property there. He also said property owners in the block are trying to sell their homes for more than three times what they’re worth.
“They have jacked those prices up astronomical,” Clay said. “We didn’t want this house to get into that category.”
Lake County property records show the parcel is owned by Symeon & Halcy Colquitt. Its total value is set at $21,700, records show with due taxes of $4,514. The owners couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Gary entered into a real estate agreement with members of the Jackson family earlier this month. Joseph Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father, and Simon Sahouri, president of the Jackson Family Foundation, said they want to build a $300 million entertainment complex honoring the Jackson’s in Glen Park.