Tagged: Pete Hammen

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

11 S Conkling Street: Major Code Violations

Update: As of January 12, all code violations have been fixed, and the tenants now have heat.

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Property Address:  11 S. Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: 2042 Kennedy Avenue, LLC, Baltimore, MD 21224

Managing Member/Resident Agent for 2042 Kennedy Avenue, LLC: Anthony E. Kelley, 504 S Newkirk Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 (Company is not in good standing with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation)

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

Thanks to one person (Reader SF), the owner of this property has been cited for 24 separate code violations by Baltimore Housing. The home is occupied as a rooming house (some would say flophouse), with people living in the unfinished basement, in dangerous conditions. The tenant who was living in the cellar filed a rent escrow complaint with the District Court of Baltimore City, but the complaint was dismissed. Unfortunately, this is a story we hear far too often — our District Court judges need to pay more attention to these complaints, and take these cases seriously when the tenant has documentation to back up their claims. Nobody should be forced to live in uninhabitable dangerous conditions, only to be told by a judge “Too bad.”

The code violations are as follows:

  • Hallway at top of basement steps: Defective floor
  • Basement steps: Area lacks proper protection
  • Basement steps: Defective stair riser(s)
  • Basement rear wall: Defective wall
  • Throughout basement: Illegal extension cords
  • Basement rear ceiling: Defective electrical fixture
  • Basement front: Multiple defective electrical outlets
  • Basement front: Defective water pipe
  • Dining room wall: Defective electrical outlet
  • First floor kitchen: Defective floor
  • First floor kitchen ceiling: Defective ceiling
  • First floor kitchen: Fuse box missing
  • First floor kitchen: Windows or doors not weatherproof
  • First floor kitchen: Defective door hardware
  • First floor kitchen: Defective electrical outlet
  • Rear second floor bathroom: Window glass cracked or missing
  • Rear second floor bathroom: Defective toilet
  • Throughout second floor bathroom: Defective walls
  • Rear basement: Cellar being used as habitable space

The owner, an LLC, has been given 30 days to correct all violations, and has also been ordered to stop allowing people to live in the cellar. You can read the violation notice, in its entirety, by downloading this PDF file.

This is just one of hundreds of unsafe, unhealthy homes I heard about in 2014. Our elected officials need to do more to hold these property owners accountable. Many times the residents won’t complain out of fear of retaliation and being evicted (link opens a PDF) — but this resident complained, and most likely — she and her family will have to move. Why should our most vulnerable residents bear the burden of unsafe and unhealthy housing when we have laws in place to stop property owners like this one? Hold these folks accountable, and demand that our state and local government enforce the laws intended to protect residents from unsafe housing.

407 N Rose Street

This is just one of around a dozen properties sent in by Reader SF! Many thanks!

Property Address: 407 N Rose Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: Sanford Kreisler, 21252 Diversion Canal Road, Saint Amant, LA 70774

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete Hammen, Luke Clippinger, Brian McHale

Baltimore Housing filed for receivership of this home in June of this year — Sanford Kreisler has been featured here before, and has dozens of cases filed against him for housing code violations, foreclosures, and lead paint.

407 N Rose Street

407 N Rose Street

704 Debelius Avenue

Property Address: 704 Debelius Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205

Property Owner: Gerald James, 218 E Lexington Street #402, Baltimore, MD 21202

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

704 Debelius Avenue

704 Debelius Avenue

700 Debelius Avenue

Property Address: 700 Debelius Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205

Property Owner: Kareem & Farhan, LLC (charter is forfeited), 5803 Highgate Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Resident Agent for Kareem & Farhan, LLC: Rukhsana Maqsood, same address

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

700 Debelius Avenue

700 Debelius Avenue

From Bedding to Blight: 4006 Pulaski Highway

Property Address: 4006 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: Roberts Discount Bedding, Inc. (charter not in good standing), 6 Shadywoods Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Resident Agent for Roberts Discount Bedding, Inc: Lou Friedman, 9A Gwynns Mill Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

4006 Pulaski Highway

4006 Pulaski Highway

WWJD? 4914 Curtis Avenue

Property Address:  4914 Curtis Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21226

Property Owner: Truth To New Life Apostolic Post Release Center and Outreach, 9 Central Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Resident Agent for Truth To New Life Apostolic Post Release Center and Outreach: Owen M Taylor, 1304 Harmony Lane, Annapolis, MD 21409 (Mr. Taylor is also pastor of True Life Church)

City Council District and Contact:  District 10, Edward Reisinger

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete Hammen, Luke Clippinger, Brian McHale

4914 Curtis Avenue

4914 Curtis Avenue

No permits are on file for this address — any work that’s been done to this property from 2007 until present day has been done without permits and therefore without being inspected.