Tagged: mayor and city council

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

 

2809 Maisel Street

Property Address: 2809 Maisel Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Property Owner: Mabel Townes Nicholson, same address

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

2809 Maisel Street

2809 Maisel Street

2809 Maisel Street, rear. Note the broken windows on the upper floor.

2809 Maisel Street, rear. Note the broken windows on the upper floor.

 

2249 Sidney Avenue

This property appears to have been sold multiple times in tax sale auctions, no current permits are on file.

Property Address: 2249 Sidney Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

Property Owner: Snip Zamora and Charles Wolf, 956 Quantril Way, Baltimore, MD 21205

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

2249 Sidney Avenue

2249 Sidney Avenue

2243 Sidney Avenue

Property Address: 2243 Sidney Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

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

Property Receiver: One House At A Time, 3553 Chestnut Avenue # B, Baltimore, MD 21211

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

The receivership order on this home was signed in 2012, District Court case number 010100046852012.

2243 Sidney Avenue

2243 Sidney Avenue

 

2401 Annapolis Road

Property Address: 2401 Annapolis Road, Baltimore, MD 21230

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

Property Receiver: One House At A Time, 3553 Chestnut Avenue # B, Baltimore, MD 21211

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

Another property that’s been in receivership for some time.

2401 Annapolis Road

2401 Annapolis Road

2401 Annapolis Road, rear

2401 Annapolis Road, rear

 

 

1512 Locust Street

Believe it or not, this was a house.

Property Address: 1512 Locust Street, Baltimore, MD 21226

Property Owner: James and Carol Connelly, same address

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

1512 Locust Street

1512 Locust Street

 

Interesting Items from the 2015 Baltimore Tax Sale List

Every year the city auctions off property (both lots and structures) when the property owner fails to pay municipal fees, like water bills and property taxes. Many of these parcels are owned by people who have no idea what to do, in order to save their homes. There is help available, for those who need it.

However, it’s always interesting to see how many investor-owned properties, many of which are blighted vacants, end up on the tax sale list. The 2015 list contains a total of 28,857 properties. The liens range from a low of $250 to a high of $1,814,710. Of these properties, 3,743 are owned by LLCs, many of them forfeited (The most notable LLC name has to be Bump Bump Wump of Gump, LLC. Catchy…but forfeited, and they owe $16,128 on a house on Springdale Avenue. Another chunk of properties are owned by corporations, trusts, and other entities — add those to the LLCs and it makes up about a quarter to one third of the list overall.

The usual suspects are on the list, too:  Holabird Investments, CE Realty (27 properties), Stanley Rochkind through his various shell companies (65 properties with liens on them), John Reiff, Anthony Delaurentis and John Reid — under their various shell companies, they have over 70 properties listed. Various Skyline entities own 176 properties on the list, and Rex Frost has a mere six. The Mayor and City Council are on the hook for 18 properties, one of which has a lien on it for over $104,000 — 2103 Hollins Street, which is a blighted vacant probably not worth much more than $5000.

Seeing all of these properties on the list gives me hope that perhaps they’ll be purchased by someone who will fix them up and do good things with them. I think two thirds of my neighborhood is on the list — at least half. Just one more piece of the fallout from the mortgage bust, and what happens when predatory buyers swoop in and purchase properties with the hopes of getting rich quick.

Here’s the full list, for those who might be interested in becoming responsible property owners. Good luck, and best of luck to those who are trying to save their homes — make sure you avail yourself of the workshops offering legal help — the first one is this coming Saturday!