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BCFD Was Here: 1523 Hazel Street

Property Address: 1523 Hazel Street, Baltimore, MD 21226

Property Owner: ETS Maryland, LLC, 3604 Eastern Avenue, #300, Baltimore, MD 21224 (charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing)

ETS Maryland is one of the tax-sale foreclosure bidders that was controlled by former attorneys Anthony DeLaurentis, John Reiff, and John Reid before they were caught bid-rigging at municipal auctions and disbarred as a result. We’ve detailed their property purchases and noncompliance with the law several times. An order foreclosing the right of redemption on this property was issued in 2011 (Circuit Court case 24C10001905). In the four years since, nothing has been done to it, and no permits are on file. The city fire department has declared the house too unsafe for firefighters to enter, and have placed a red X placard on the front.

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

1523 Hazel Street

1523 Hazel Street

 

A Year Ago

On February 19, 2014, a natural gas explosion caused part of 447 N Lakewood Avenue to collapse, with three people taken to the hospital for their injuries. Also, a child died as part of the home fell on him as he was walking by on the sidewalk.  The child, Troy Douglas, was walking home from school, and should have been at a birthday party later that day.

447 N Lakewood Avenue, shortly after the gas explosion that killed one person and send three to the hospital.

447 N Lakewood Avenue, shortly after the gas explosion that killed one person and send three to the hospital. Photo by Shannon Fernandez

Taken just days before the explosion -- natural gas connection at 447 N Lakewood Avenue. Photo by Shannon Fernandez

Taken just days before the explosion — natural gas connection at 447 N Lakewood Avenue. Photo by Shannon Fernandez

Residents in the home reported the smell of natural gas, and an inspector was dispatched — an inspector who allegedly found no fault with the gas connection or the furnace, despite the photo above, which clearly shows a flex tube that isn’t properly connected. Was this the cause of the explosion?

At the time of the explosion, the property was owned by Marywood Real Estate Investors, who then sold the home for $100 in April, two months after the explosion. The home is currently owned by MBE Properties, LLC, with an address in Kingsville, MD. There are no current permits on file for this property — the last permit was a demo permit to assist fire investigators so they could determine the cause of the explosion.

This is what the home looks like today:

447 N Lakewood Avenue, photo by Reader Rusty

447 N Lakewood Avenue, photo by Reader Rusty

Memorial at the front door of 447 N Lakewood

Memorial at the front door of 447 N Lakewood. Photo by Reader Rusty

Rear of 447 N Lakewood Avenue. Photo by Reader Rusty

Rear of 447 N Lakewood Avenue. Photo by Reader Rusty

 

1910 W Fairmount Avenue

Property Address:  1910 W Fairmount Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner:  Bernard Siler, 1715 15th Street, NW, Apt 102, Washington, DC 20009

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

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith HaynesKeiffer Mitchell JrMelvin Stukes

1910 W Fairmount Avenue

1910 W Fairmount Avenue

Interesting to note this property owner is an attorney in Washington, DC and is also a former prosecutor for the city.  A shame he would leave this property to fall to ruin, and further this neighborhood’s decline.

BCFD Was Here: 750 Reservoir Street

Property Address:  750 Reservoir Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner:  Class Act Realty, LLC, 5213 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215 (Company is not in good standing)

Resident Agent for Class Act Realty, LLC:  Kimberly Rogers, same address

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara Robinson, Shawn Tarrant, Frank Conaway, Jr.

750 Reservoir Street -- Note the red x sign, indicating that the fire department has deemed the home unsafe for firefighters to enter.

750 Reservoir Street — Note the red x sign, indicating that the fire department has deemed the home unsafe for firefighters to enter.

750 Reservoir Street, rear.

750 Reservoir Street, rear.

 

A Duo of Blight: 916 and 914 Whitelock Street

Property Address:  916 and 914 Whitelock Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner (both):  Urban Renaissance Management, LLC, 2210 Linden Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 (Company is not in good standing.)

Resident Agent for Urban Renaissance Management, LLC:  Charles Hodge, same address

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara RobinsonShawn TarrantFrank Conaway, Jr.

916 and 914 Whitelock Street -- note the red X sign, indicating the fire department has found this property to be structurally unsound and unsafe for firefighters to enter.

916 and 914 Whitelock Street — note the red X sign, indicating the fire department has found this property to be structurally unsound and unsafe for firefighters to enter.

There are no permits on file for either of these properties.

 

900 Whitelock Street

Property Address:  900 Whitelock Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner:  Mohammed Al Hamed, 2407 Lellah Court, Dunn Loring, VA 22027

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara RobinsonShawn TarrantFrank Conaway, Jr.

900 Whitelock Street -- Note the red X placed on the property by the fire department, which indicates the property is not structurally sound and firefighters should not enter if the property were to catch fire.

900 Whitelock Street — Note the red X placed on the property by the fire department, which indicates the property is not structurally sound and firefighters should not enter if the property were to catch fire.

Rear of 900 Whitelock Street

Rear of 900 Whitelock Street

All permits for this property have expired.

 

3105 Oakley Avenue

Property Address:  3105 Oakley Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner:  Alvin T Smith, 1818 New York Avenue, NE, Suite 207, Washington, DC 20002

City Council District and Contact:  District 6, Sharon Green Middleton

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara RobinsonShawn TarrantFrank Conaway, Jr.

3105 Oakley Avenue

3105 Oakley Avenue

It appears that DeLaurentis, Reiff, and Reid, the disbarred attorneys/bid riggers foreclosed on this property in 2008-2010.  Not sure why, four years later, it still looks like this.

There’s a sign posted that gives a clue as to what the owner’s intention was — but…well, obviously his plan never came to fruition, and the lonely permit posted in the window expired in 2009.

Sign posted on 3105 Oakley Avenue

Sign posted on 3105 Oakley Avenue