Kinston Teens
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Adopt-a-Vacant Lot

Transforming vacant spaces into beneficial community amenities!

AVL Program

The Adopt-A-Vacant Lot Program allows churches, families, businesses and other groups to adopt city-owned vacant lots and transform them into beautiful community amenities. These underutilized spaces present tremendous potential for neighborhood improvement, and we’d love for you to take advantage of them!

The City of Kinston and Kinston Teens envision a wide range of uses for this program. Example projects can include small-scale farms, community gardens and recreation areas. Some ideas:

  • A church, ministry or religious organization transforms a lot into a neighborhood prayer garden.
  • A youth organization grows fruits and vegetables and runs a produce stand as a long-term fundraiser for their organization.
  • A neighborhood resident adopts a vacant lot beside their home to create a “living fence,” or just to maintain the property to keep it clean.
  • The possibilities are endless!

This program is an initiative of Kinston Teens provided in partnership with the City of Kinston. The AVL Program was made possible by a grant contribution from Wells Fargo and the United States Conference of Mayors in 2016. Interested in learning more? Give us a call at (252) 522-8012.

Adopt-A-Vacant Lot Map

This map includes lots available for adoption, current projects, and community resources for adoption projects. When completing your AVL Application, please include the Address & ID Number listed on lot you’re interested in.


  • AVL Process Overview – Use this document for a step-by-step overview of the Adopt-A-Vacant Lot Program, how it works and how your organization take part in it.
  • AVL Application – Click here for the initial application for your community organization to adopt a lot through the AVL Program. Applications can also be found at the Kinston Teens office or Kinston Planning Department.