Solution: Close the Tax Sale Loophole

With all of the recent discussion around collapsing vacants, negligent property owners, and the city’s tax sale system, there has been a lot of hand-wringing (and rightfully so, as someone was killed the other day when a vacant collapsed on a man while he was sitting in his car) and mutterings about tax sale foreclosures Read more about Solution: Close the Tax Sale Loophole[…]

When Properties Go Into Foreclosure, Who Pays?

Using Q3 2014 foreclosure data reported by the state DHCD, Maryland has held steady as the number-two state for foreclosure filings in 2014, just behind Florida. In fact, foreclosure filings in Maryland have increased since Q2 2014. To put this into context, foreclosure activity has declined nationwide by 15.9% since 2013, yet in Maryland, it Read more about When Properties Go Into Foreclosure, Who Pays?[…]

A Tale of a Missing Address: 101 Willard Street

A few months ago, I spent the day in Shipley Hill and Yale Heights, two of my favorite Baltimore neighborhoods.  Lots of interesting architecture, beautiful once-grand homes, tidy smaller homes — and yes, lots of blight, unfortunately. I came across a curious group of buildings — obviously an old factory complex, one of the buildings Read more about A Tale of a Missing Address: 101 Willard Street[…]

2500 Eutaw Place: A Story of Spite and Abandonment

Many thanks to Reader LR for playing tour guide and snooping around with me! Property Address:  2500 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  Twenty Five Hundred Associates, 2312 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216 It’s worth noting that no such company is registered with the state.  Their address traces back to another company that Read more about 2500 Eutaw Place: A Story of Spite and Abandonment[…]

A Most Curious Building: 1001 W Baltimore Street

You can’t help but wonder about this building, and its ownership — it stands next to a random arch that’s not connected to anything, and the building seems old.  Really old.  And out of place — but it has an old sign attached that says “Hee Haw Carryout” and you know at one time, this Read more about A Most Curious Building: 1001 W Baltimore Street[…]

Reader-Submitted Blight: They Say Time Heals All Wounds…

…but apparently time does not cure housing policy issues in Baltimore City. Property Address:  1120 N Milton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213 Property Owner:  2008 DRR-ETS, 3604 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224 Resident Agent for 2008 DRR-ETS:  Disbarred attorney Anthony J. DeLaurentis, DeLaurentis, Reiff, and Reid, 3604 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224 City Council District and Read more about Reader-Submitted Blight: They Say Time Heals All Wounds…[…]

701 W Lafayette Avenue: An Example of Systemic Abuse and Sheer Greed

Property Address:  701 W Lafayette Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  701 Lafayette, LLC, 3431 Wabash Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (Charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing.) Resident Agent for 701 Lafayette, LLC:  Harris and Folick, Inc., 2442 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217.  (Resident agent’s charter has also been forfeited, corporation is Read more about 701 W Lafayette Avenue: An Example of Systemic Abuse and Sheer Greed[…]

Oh So Pretty We’re Vacant

Spent part of the afternoon at the city’s failed Old Town Mall, a pedestrian mall with no intuitive access points, and clusters of vacant buildings. The city has been trying to redevelop this property for years — with no progress. At present, it’s an open-air drug market and a haven for trash and grime. Hopefully Read more about Oh So Pretty We’re Vacant[…]

Troubled Nonprofit-Owned Apartment Building Condemned

An apartment building owned by Prisoners Aid Association of Maryland was condemned last month and residents were ordered to move immediately — housing inspectors found the building, located at 6010 Marjorie Lane in NE Baltimore to be uninhabitable.  The building is also being foreclosed on, one of many properties owned by Prisoners Aid that are Read more about Troubled Nonprofit-Owned Apartment Building Condemned[…]

City-Owned Historic Blight

Property Address:  811 W Lanvale Street, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch It’s always a shame to walk around neighborhoods in Baltimore and see all of the blighted vacant homes. It’s even more disturbing when Read more about City-Owned Historic Blight[…]

A Broken System: One Neighbor’s Ongoing Saga

I thought it would be interesting, and potentially helpful, to post the ongoing saga one person has endured while trying to report a negligent property owner and the city’s lack of response to a citizen. Fall 2011 Vacant was reported through the City’s 311 system, as a piece of the cornice was coming off and Read more about A Broken System: One Neighbor’s Ongoing Saga[…]

More Information: 801 N Arlington Avenue

Many thanks to “Reader Tracey”, who offered more information on this once-grand and now-blighted stately home. The Sellers Mansion, built in 1868, is named after Mathew Bacon Sellers, Sr., who was president of the Northern Central Railway.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, and is also on Baltimore Heritage’s Read more about More Information: 801 N Arlington Avenue[…]

WWJD? 801 N Arlington Avenue

Property Address:  801 N Arlington Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  St. James Development Corporation, same address Registered Agent for St. James Development Corporation: Alice Pinderhughes, 201 N Charles Street, Suite 1600, Baltimore, MD 21201 City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch It would seem that wherever Alice Pinderhuges goes, blight is Read more about WWJD? 801 N Arlington Avenue[…]

Fire in Irvington

Three homes were ablaze in the Irvington neighborhood last Thursday night — two were vacant, one was occupied.  Among the fire companies summoned to the fire was Truck Company 10, one of the companies slated for closure, under the Mayor’s foolish budget cuts to public safety. After surveying the damage the following day, I have Read more about Fire in Irvington[…]

Former Illegal Gambling Club Now A Blighted Mess

Property Address:  1800 Worcester Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 Property Owner:  Carlyn J. Johnson, 1400 Patapsco Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 This business and its proprietor was the subject of a 2005 City Paper article, after police raided the illegal gambling club and seized cash, guns, and other property — including the club’s membership roster.  Unfortunately, it’s Read more about Former Illegal Gambling Club Now A Blighted Mess[…]

A Block of Blight: West Side

Property Addresses:  115, 117, 119, 121, and 123 S. Franklintown Road, Baltimore, MD 21223 Owner of 115 S. Franklintown:  Adrien Mundle, 14728 Shiloh Court, Laurel, MD 20708 Owner of 117 S. Franklintown:  Kenya Macer, 2209 Southland Road, Baltimore, MD 21207 Owner of 119 S. Franklintown:  Abebe Holdings, LLC., 1045 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, NW, Atlanta, Read more about A Block of Blight: West Side[…]

Disgrace on Howard Street

Walking downtown yesterday, camera in hand, I was struck by the lack of architectural character, and the lack of people (more about that later). Moving further along Howard Street, I was awestruck by the beautiful buildings — oh here’s where they’ve been keeping the good stuff — and then a sinking feeling hit me.  I Read more about Disgrace on Howard Street[…]

Link Roundup

It will be interesting to see how much money is earned on the auction of Baltimore Housing Authority property.  Glad to see someone is fighting to make the agency pay its lead paint settlements. It’s always fun to read posts or letters in the Baltimore Sun from bad property owners who feel the laws and Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Crime Apparently Pays in Baltimore

Another homeowner bites the dust, folks.  His home was broken into — via a hole the thieves busted into the adjoining wall of a vacant.  (Pics below).  Over $2500 worth of belongings were stolen.  The homeowner packed up and hit the road — understandable, if you ask me.  Can you imagine coming home to a Read more about Crime Apparently Pays in Baltimore[…]