Category: Spotlight on Slumlords

1318 Druid Hill Avenue

1318 Druid Hill Avenue: Historic Blight

Property Address: 1318 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner: Janice Stanton Hines, 3339 Charleston Street, Houston, TX 77021

City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

The current owner of this home (a lawyer, no less) was jailed in Michigan, in 2010, for stealing $800,000 from her mother, who was 95 at the time. She was released in August of the same year, after repaying the money. In 2011, she sued family members, but the case was dismissed for failure to pay the $175 filing fee.

1318 Druid Hill Avenue is the former home of Henry Sythe Cummings, one of the first two African-American men to graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law. He lived in the home from 1911 until 1917, when he suffered a stroke and died. He was also the first African American Baltimore City Councilman. His legacy should be preserved, including this home — it’s a shame the out of town slumlord owner probably won’t be back to make needed repairs.

Sorry for the lousy photo, but there was no way to get a good shot, due to the overgrown tree in front.

1318 Druid Hill Avenue

1318 Druid Hill Avenue

Reader Submitted Blight: 1907 McHenry Street

Many thanks to Reader EW for the information and photograph!

Property Address: 1907 McHenry Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Bryn Joyce, 1239 River Bay Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

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

State Senator (District 40): Catherine E. Pugh

State Delegates (District 40): Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

1907 McHenry Street -- note the small tree growing out of the upstairs window.

1907 McHenry Street — note the small tree growing out of the upstairs window.

1402 Druid Hill Avenue

Property Address: 1402 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner:  CAV Commercial, LLC, 8715 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21236

Resident Agent for CAV Commercial, LLC: Gary W. Waicker, same address

City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

This home is another example of flawed SDAT information. The home is listed on SDAT as being owned by the Mayor and City Council — yet it was sold to Gary Waicker’s company, CAV Commercial, LLC.  What’s really odd is that the Waickers (Gary and his wife Diane) owned the home in the early and mid-1990s, and gave it to the city in lieu of taxes owed. Then they re-purchased the home in 2010, only to let it remain a vacant eyesore.

1402 SDAT information

1402 Druid Hill Avenue SDAT information

1402 Druid Hill Avenue

1402 Druid Hill Avenue

You would think the City would have learned the first time — considering the number of foreclosures and lead paint lawsuits filed against Mr. Waicker, selling the home to him wouldn’t be the best idea. Also interesting to note that Mr. Waicker sued the Baltimore City Paper for calling him a “slumlord”, and lost that lawsuit.

This neighborhood contains some of the most storied names in Baltimore’s civil rights history — and some interesting people owned this home at one time. In 1911, a New York newspaper, the New York Age, published a story about the home’s owners, Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Waller:

Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Waller have taken up residence in Brooklyn, where Mrs. Waller will prosecute her claim in the estate of her great-grandfather, William Jarvis. The property, which is in Greater New York and Long Island, is said to be in the hands of some rich whites, but that their title is said to be defective. It is valued at several million dollars. William Jarvis was a white man, who clandestinely married a colored woman. His property passed into the hands of white relatives at his death. Mrs. Waller and several others now claim it as lineal descendants. Mrs. Waller is a member of the well-known Jarvis family of Brooklyn and is very hopeful of establishing her claim, which will be contested in the courts in the near future. John W. Rich, chief clerk in the legal department of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, has leased the home of Mr. and Mrs. Waller, at 1402 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore. Mr. Waller has just resigned his position as a salesman for Castleberg Bros., a well-known Baltimore jewelers.

I could find no further information about the Wallers, and whether Mrs. Waller was successful in her legal challenge, though I’m dying to know how the story turned out!

WWJD? Church-Owned Blight: 1232 and 1234 Druid Hill Avenue

Property Address: 1232 and 1234 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner: Bethel AME Church, 1300 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

The rear of 1234 has collapsed, due in part to years of neglect. The church has owned these two properties for decades, and there are no current permits on 1232 or 1234 — the last one expired in April.

1232 and 1234 Druid Hill Avenue

1232 and 1234 Druid Hill Avenue

1234 Druid Hill Avenue, side view.

1234 Druid Hill Avenue, side view.

 

429 Mosher Street

Property Address: 429 Mosher Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner: Marion Blackwell, 421 Mosher Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

429 Mosher Street

429 Mosher Street

429 Mosher Street, side view

429 Mosher Street, side view

The city filed for receivership of this property in November of last year, and it’s still in poor condition. Hopefully the receivership will go through and the property can be sold to a responsible owner who will do something with it before it falls over. The great irony of this property is the fact that it’s owned by a former CHAP commissioner — the very people who are supposed to protect our historic architecture.

City-Owned Blight: 1615 W Baltimore Street

This property was on the Board of Estimates agenda (link opens a PDF), to be sold in 2013 to a developer. There is nothing available to suggest that sale took place.

Property Address: 1615 W Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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

State Senator (District 40): Catherine E. Pugh

State Delegates (District 40): Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

1615 W Baltimore Street

1615 W Baltimore Street

 

1614 W Fayette Street

Property Address: 1614 W Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Divine Services, LLC, 5824 Barnes Drive, Clinton, MD 20735 (Company charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing.)

Resident Agent for Divine Services, LLC: CSC-Lawyers Incorporating Service Company, 7 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

1614 W Fayette Street

1614 W Fayette Street