Tagged: Baltimore

City Owned Blight: 4202 Audrey Avenue

Property Address: 4202 Audrey Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21225

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

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

Thanks to Reader MC for the photo — according to her, the home has been vacant for 10+ years. Time to get this home back into circulation!

4202 Audrey Avenue

4202 Audrey Avenue

2107 E Federal Street

Property Address: 2107 E Federal Street, Baltimore, MD 21213

Property Owner: Harbor Pier Homes, LLC, PO Box 741109, Houston, TX 77274 (A Scott Wizig-controlled entity. You can read other posts about Scott Wizig here.)

Resident Agent for Harbor Pier Homes, LLC: Stephen L Harker, 35 Fulford Avenue, Suite 203, Bel Air, MD 21014

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator (District 45): Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates (District 45): Talmadge Branch, Nina R. Harper, Cheryl Glenn

2107 E Federal Street

2107 E Federal Street

2107 E Federal Street -- window on the first floor is open, giving access to vagrants.

2107 E Federal Street — window on the first floor is open, giving access to vagrants.

Update: 1117 Carroll Street

And now the house was set on fire. (Updated December 19, 2014.)

1117 Carroll Street, the morning of December 19, 2014

1117 Carroll Street, the morning of December 19, 2014

 

This home was originally posted in 2011, and sadly — conditions have gotten worse.

Property Address: 1117 Carroll Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Property Owner: Irene Davis, same address. Interesting to note, in 2009, Heidi Kenny (of ground rent and tax foreclosure fame) filed to foreclose on this home, yet the case was subsequently dismissed.)

City Council District and Contact:  District 10, Ed Reisinger

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith HaynesKeiffer Mitchell JrMelvin Stukes

1117 Carroll Street

1117 Carroll Street

The glass has been smashed out and it appears people have been coming and going through this basement window.

The glass has been smashed out and it appears people have been coming and going through this basement window.

1117 Carroll Street, rear yard is still a mess -- a dumping ground for trash and household items. The yard is so overgrown you can't see the house.

1117 Carroll Street, rear yard is still a mess — a dumping ground for trash and household items. The yard is so overgrown you can’t see the house.

 

Support City Council Bill 13-0293

Posted from Housing Policy Watch:

Introduced in the Baltimore City Council by Councilman Henry (District 4), this bill would expand the definition of vacant houses, giving Baltimore Housing the ability to levy fines against blighted nuisance properties faster, and impose harsher penalties against owners who did not comply. (Source: WBAL)

Many of our vacant structures are owned by absentee landlords, banks, or holding companies that have no plans to fix the problems — and have allowed these homes to fall into disrepair. Expanding the city’s ability to fine these owners and hold them accountable should go a long way towards cleaning up some of our blighted neighborhoods.

Two things that also need to happen before January when the bill goes to a vote, in order for this to be a success:

  1. The bill, once law, needs to be enforced. That could mean a line-item increase in Baltimore Housing’s budget for additional qualified housing inspectors.
  2. If these properties are sold at a municipal tax sale when the owners don’t pay the fines, there needs to be strict vetting of the people purchasing the homes, as to not further the chain of irresponsible ownership.

If the city is prepared to do these two things, let’s support this bill and make sure it becomes law. Contact your City Council representative and let them know you want this to pass — and let them know you expect there to be a clear plan for disposition of the properties, once seized.

For City Council district contact information, go here.

3714 Woodbine Avenue

Property Address: 3714 Woodbine Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207

Property Owner: Mayess Craig, same address

City Council District and Contact:  District 5, Rochelle Rikki Spector

State Senator:  Lisa Gladden

State Delegates:  Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks, Samuel Rosenberg

3714 Woodbine Avenue

3714 Woodbine Avenue

Thanks to Reader AB for sending this along — apparently the home has been in this condition for some time, and has received multiple citations from the time the home was supposed to have been torn down — in 2010.

Currently, it is home to a family of raccoons.

 

4000-4002 Gwynn Oak Avenue

Another submission from Reader A!

Property Address: 4000-4002 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner: 4000 Gwynn Oak, LLC, same address (Charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing. In 2008, the same year this property was purchased, the sole member of the LLC was Nancy Jackson)

Resident Agent for 4000 Gwynn Oak, LLC: Lawrence Whitter, 4129 W Forest Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207

City Council District and Contact:  District 5, Rochelle Rikki Spector

State Senator:  Lisa Gladden

State Delegates:  Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks, Samuel Rosenberg

4000 Gwynn Oak Avenue

4000 Gwynn Oak Avenue

 

 

3010 Howard Park Avenue

Property Address: 3010 Howard Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207

Property Owner: William Eugene Joyner, Jr., same address

City Council District and Contact:  District 8, Helen Holton

State Senator:  Lisa Gladden

State Delegates:  Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks, Samuel Rosenberg

3010 Howard Park Avenue

3010 Howard Park Avenue

Many thanks to Reader A for this photo — what a lovely home this could be!