2124 Greenmount Avenue

Property Address: 2124 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218

Property Owner:  Gregory Melton and Glenford Foy, same address

City Council District and Contact:  District 12, Carl Stokes

State Senator:  Joan Carter Conway

State Delegates:  Curtis Anderson, Mary Washington, Maggie McIntosh

This home was purchased from One House At A Time, the city’s receiver for vacant properties, for $10,000 in 2008. This home is once again a vacant eyesore.

2124 Greenmount Avenue

2124 Greenmount Avenue

 

More Dumping at Carroll Park

I went for a walk through Carroll Park today, and as I usually do, I ended up walking along the rail tracks behind the mansion. It’s an interesting view of the park and the surrounding neighborhoods. You can see 611-661 S Monroe from the rail tracks, too.

Some would have you believe that nobody uses Carroll Park, and it needs “saving”. As someone who lives a block away, I can assure you — this is anything but true. Most days the park is filled with people using the ball fields, the soccer fields, and the basketball courts. The skatepark and playground are used often, too. The adjacent charter school, Southwest Baltimore Charter School, uses the playground for the kids at recess — which is a great idea. Carroll Park is also home to a large music festival in September, bringing hundreds of people to the neighborhood. My neighbors use it, too. It’s a great place to walk, and I usually see moms and seniors as I’m walking through. It’s also home to the Mt. Clare Museum — a beautiful piece of Baltimore’s history. It’s certainly not a dying park, or in need of any “saving”. It’s a treasure to my neighborhood, and is well-used by people across the city.

However — with all that said, it’s also being used by trash dumpers, and this certainly is something that needs to be addressed. The Baltimore Brew did an article and a follow-up on a recent dump site that was found closer to the golf course (yes, Pigtown has a golf course!) Today on my walk, I came across this dump site:

Construction debris left adjacent to Carroll Park

Construction debris left adjacent to Carroll Park

Of course there's a toilet. There's always a toilet.

Of course there’s a toilet. There’s always a toilet.

And even more construction debris.

And even more construction debris.

My guess this was a rehabber who didn’t want to pay to dispose of waste properly, or pay to get a Dumpster (or permit for a Dumpster. Much easier to dump it somewhere and make it someone else’s problem. Walk a few yards further, and under the Monroe Street bridge, you’ll find yet more garbage that someone foisted off on our community:

Trash under Monroe Street bridge, adjacent to Carroll Park

Trash under Monroe Street bridge, adjacent to Carroll Park

More garbage under Monroe Street bridge

More garbage under Monroe Street bridge

And even more garbage dumped under the Monroe Street bridge.

And even more garbage dumped under the Monroe Street bridge.

As you can see, this area has become a haven for illegal dumping — something I believe the City will work to correct, particularly if residents keep on top of it and make it a priority. One suggestion would be to cut off access from the side street that leads into the rail yard — possibly by a fence that has a gate just wide enough for pedestrian or bike traffic.

Cutting off access to the dump site area by cutting off this street would not prevent access to pedestrians and bike riders, if done correctly.

Cutting off access to the dump site area by cutting off this street would not prevent access to pedestrians and bike riders, if done correctly.

People who engage in illegal dumping should know that our neighborhood knows you’re doing this, and we’re staying on top of this — so think twice before dumping your garbage in Carroll Park, or any city park. If you can’t bear the cost of doing business the legal way, please take your business (and your garbage) elsewhere.

Update: 4727 Old York Road

This property is now making its way through the receivership process. Hopefully it will be sold and the new owners will not allow this property to become a nuisance to the neighbors.

Update: 917 N Rose Street

This property went into receivership and is being auctioned off — hopefully the next buyer will be more responsible than the last.

Buyer beware — clean up your blight, or lose your properties!

1517 Locust Street

Property Address:  1517 Locust Street, Baltimore, MD 21226

Property Owner: Gail Malchester, 1511 Locust Street, Baltimore, MD 21226

City Council District and Contact:  District 10, Ed Reisinger

State Senator (District 46): William C. Ferguson IV

State Delegates (District 46): Luke H. Clippinger, Peter A. Hammen, Brooke E. Lierman

There are no permits on file for this property.

1517 Locust Street

1517 Locust Street

2809 Maisel Street

Property Address: 2809 Maisel Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Property Owner: Mabel Townes Nicholson, same address

City Council District and Contact:  District 10, Ed Reisinger

State Senator (District 46): William C. Ferguson IV

State Delegates (District 46): Luke H. Clippinger, Peter A. Hammen, Brooke E. Lierman

2809 Maisel Street

2809 Maisel Street

2809 Maisel Street, rear. Note the broken windows on the upper floor.

2809 Maisel Street, rear. Note the broken windows on the upper floor.