1183 Cleveland Street

This home is currently in receivership through One House At A Time, as part of the city’s Vacants to Value program.  However, the ownership information has not changed, despite the receivership being granted in 2011.  Also, the neighbors call this home “a dangerous eyesore” as the front braces are blocking the sidewalk.

Property Address:  1183 Cleveland Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Property Owner:  Jane Shelton, 913 Linwood Street, Hyattsville, MD 20783

City Council District and Contact:  District 10, Ed Reisinger

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith Haynes, Keiffer Mitchell Jr, Melvin Stukes

1183 Cleveland Street, permit for front braces expired in 2009.

1183 Cleveland Street, permit for front braces expired in 2009.

1183 Cleveland Street, rear.  Back of the house has no fence.

1183 Cleveland Street, rear. Back of the house has no fence.




    • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

      I’m honestly not sure. That house has looked like that for years — the braces may have been replaced at one time or another…but they’re certainly not new.

      • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

        The other thing I find odd — the house is intact…so I’m not sure why the front facade needs to be braced like that. Unless, at some point…maybe some joists were cut inside the house, or they tried to dig out the basement and did it incorrectly? I’m not sure what good the braces would do, if that’s the case.

      • Evermore Organics

        That is very strange! And either way, if those braces have seen more than a year’s worth of sun, dryness, cold, precipitation etc, then they probably aren’t very sturdy, which of course is quite unsafe. I really can’t believe the city lets things like this happen.

      • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

        The stuff that goes on here is truly mind-blowing. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  1. Pete from Highlandtown

    I do interior demolitions for a living.And even when you do them “the right way”, the house often shifts a quarter inch or so. We often have trouble locking the front door after a day or two of demolition.But its only a very minor shift.

    But if you demo a house “The wrong way” you can shift a house a lot. Judging by the brick damage above the front door someone did something very wrong inside.

    It probably wasnt digging out the basement though.Since windows of the basement are glass blocked.And if they had screwed up a basement excavation, they probably wouldnt have then bothered putting in glass block windows

    The house windows look cheap.But also look new. Sometimes the old houses didnt have proper lintels above the windows and doors. Most do.But more than a few dont. The very first thing that i teach new workers in my crew is to NEVER assume that a proper lintel is in place above a door or window.

    If there wasnt a proper lintel over the upstairs windows, it could very well have caused the damage in the photo , if someone tried to take out an older window

    • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

      I thought the windows looked cheap, too. God forbid someone buy something a little more expensive to save money over the long term…

      • Pete from Highlandtown

        The problem isnt as much that they are cheap.Its that they look new. The original windows probably didnt have proper lintels. And the wooden “box” frame around the original window was all that was holding up the brick wall above it. If they took out the original window box[which many contractors try to do] the brick wall above it might have started to fall immiediatly. Or a day or so afterwards

        I often have investors tell me to take the old window box frames out . Which is alright to do IF, there is a proper lintel above.And there often is. When there is a lintel above, there is no problem taking out the wooden box frame

        But when there hasnt been, ive gotten into arguements with investors who wanted me to take it out anyways. I usually just give them a crowbar and tell them to take it out themselves if they think its so safe.And that i will be outside while they do so. This generally shuts them up. Since they dont want to risk thier own neck

        The front door may not have had a proper lintel over it as well.and they may have tried to mess with it.

        This is why a contractor really doesnt save any money in the long run, by hiring crackheads for $8 an hour.

        Doing an interior demolition on a Baltimore rowhouse is fairly simple. Doing it without collapsing the building is the hard part Houses in Fells Point and Fed Hill are the trickiest. Pigtown isnt too bad.But the Pigtown houses have low enough roofs ,that there is usually a inside bearing wall that holds the roof up, on the second floor [its usually the inside wall that seperates the bathroom from a bedroom] . Its very easy to spt when the house is being demoed . But if someone has a bunch of crackheads doing the work, they might not see it.

      • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

        Not only do they hire crackheads here to do the work, they don’t obtain the proper permits…and therefore the work isn’t inspected.

        Luckily, a homeowner has sued one of our neighborhood slumlords — and won — for the damage done to his home, as a result of the slumlord not hiring a proper contractor and not obtaining permits. I’m hoping to see a lot more of this in the future — homeowners taking matters into their own hands, instead of relying on the city. Nobody has the right to cause damage to your home, especially through negligence and greed.

  2. Pete from Highlandtown

    Judging by the damage seen in the photo, those braces are the only thing keeping at least the left half of the front wall from collapsing. If not the whole wall. I certainly would not want to live next door. If someone lives on either side, they should call the City and pester the City until someone fixes that wall. It is very unsafe right now

  3. ninaas

    As a nearby neighbor, I can tell you that those braces have been there for at least 3 years. I remember when 1183’s facade started buckling in 2009.

    • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

      Yeah I don’t remember why I didn’t write about that property in the beginning…glad I was able to get it on the blog now.

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