1000 S. Ellwood Avenue

Property Address:  1000 S. Ellwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owners:  Joseph A. and Ann C. Schultz, 3235 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224 (Proprietors of Schultz Development, Inc.)

City Council District and Contact:  District 1, Jim Kraft

1000 S. Ellwood Avenue - Abandoned Methodist Church

Campaign signs on a vacant, and before July 15th? That's a big no-no.

Broken/missing windows on the abandoned church

4 comments

  1. Pete from Highlandtown

    That church was bough a yea r or two ago.It then had a suspicious fire. Nothing has been done with it yet.But its sitting on prime real estate. Im guessing that the owner would love to tear it down.But since Canton is a ‘historic district” , he cant.

    Schultz bought up a lot of property after the market collapsed.But like most developers, he seems to be having problems selling his finished houses.Thats probably another good reason that the church is still sitting there untouched.

    Most developers that i work with are having problems selling thier housing stock. And the price of “shells” is climbing back up.So they cant sell the finished houses.And if they do, its at a low price.But the costs of the “shell” houses are becoming too expensive to buy.

    This is not a good thing for Baltimore. If this continues, we will see a huge drop off in rehabbing houses in Baltimore. Ive worked steady for the past 12 months.But the customers that i work for have told me that they cant buy any new houses to rehab until they sell the finished ones that they have on the market

    • slumlordwatch

      Hey here’s a thought — maybe some of these investors need to stop over-improving their houses and stop charging a ridiculous amount of money for them? No home in Pigtown (as one example neighborhood) should cost more than $150K. Maybe then decent people would move in…but now they’re all being used as Section 8 rentals until the market “comes back”. Hate to tell these people…but it’s never going to come back that much — not to where a house will be worth $300K over there. Especially with the escalating crime/shootings/murders.

      • Suzetta

        Exactly! And why can’t these investors rent out their homes at fair market value or below. It amazes me how “people” and “banks” would rather a house sit empty versus occupied. Homelessness is real.

      • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

        Funny you should mention…

        I had a conversation with a property owner a few years ago about renting her place. She wanted $1200 a month — sorry, but no…not paying that to live in my neighborhood, even if I had that kind of money. She was boo-hooing about the house and her mortgage, etc… So I said “Isn’t 700 or 800 a month better than nothing?”

        Long story short, she never found a renter and her house was lost to foreclosure last year.

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