1728 W North Avenue

Property Address: 1728 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner: Kibra Construction/American Investment Real Estate Corporation, 801 N Stiles Street, Baltimore, MD 21212 and 1121 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209 (Charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing. Company was also found to have run a roofing scam on customers in Virginia.)

Resident Agent for Kibra Construction: None listed

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara Robinson, Frank Conaway, Jr., Antonio Hayes

1728 W North Avenue

1728 W North Avenue

1101 N Carey Street

Property Address: 1101 N Carey Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner: Saroya International, Inc., 3722 Old Frederick Road, Baltimore, MD 21229 (Charter has been forfeited, corporation is not in good standing)

Resident Agent for Saroya International, Inc.: Muhammad Zulqurain, 1411 Glenwilde Road, Catonsville, MD 21228

City Council District and Contact: District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

1101 N Carey Street

1101 N Carey Street

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!