Tagged: Pete Welch

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

 

 

1413 W Fayette Street

Property Address: 1413 W Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Michael T Ware and Jumoke Alim, 2383 Akers Mill Road, Apartment 2, Atlanta, GA 30339

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

1413 W Fayette Street

1413 W Fayette Street

This property was condemned in 2014, due to unsafe conditions inside the home.

1413 W Fayette Condemnation Sign

1413 W Fayette Condemnation Sign

1809 and 1807 Frederick Avenue

Property Address: 1809 and 1807 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner (1809): Denaly Company, Inc. and Robert E Topi, Jr., 5720 Carrington Drive, White Marsh, MD 21162

Resident Agent for Denaly Company Inc.: George A. Heer, same address.

Property Owner (1807): Marzener Green, 4545 Pimlico Road, Baltimore, MD 21215

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

1809 showed up on the city’s 2014 Tax Sale list (you’ll have to do some scrolling). The home has a lien on it in the amount of $312,569.18. I’m not entirely sure why, as the value of the home couldn’t have ever exceeded more than $20,000. The same company owns 1811 Frederick Avenue also, and that had a lien in the amount of $166,433.27.

Also note that 1809 has a red X placard, indicating that it is not safe for firefighters and other emergency personnel to enter the structure.

1809 and 1807 Frederick Avenue

1809 and 1807 Frederick Avenue

 

115 Willard Street

Property Address: 115 S Willard Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: David and Maxie Lee Boyd, 3805 Southern Cross Drive, Baltimore, MD 21207

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

Most of this property has collapsed, except for the facade and part of the side walls. It’s located next to the site of the former Eigenbrot Brewery. It was the site of two businesses in the early 2000s:  Boyd Moving Extension, Inc. (now forfeited), and Prophetess Kim Boyd Ministries.

There are no permits on file for this address.

115 Willard Street

115 Willard Street

115 Willard Street, collapsed side wall and roof

115 Willard Street, collapsed side wall and roof

 

 

1101 N Carey Street

Property Address: 1101 N Carey Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner: Saroya International, Inc., 3722 Old Frederick Road, Baltimore, MD 21229 (Charter has been forfeited, corporation is not in good standing)

Resident Agent for Saroya International, Inc.: Muhammad Zulqurain, 1411 Glenwilde Road, Catonsville, MD 21228

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

1101 N Carey Street

1101 N Carey Street

1832 W Fairmount Avenue

Property Address: 1832 W Fairmount Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Carl Hunter, same address

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

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith HaynesKeiffer Mitchell JrMelvin Stukes

In 2011, Bloom Development, LLC filed to foreclose on this home — the court granted the foreclosure. However, in 2012, the court vacated the judgement, and ownership was returned to Mr. Hunter.

1832 W Fairmount Avenue

1832 W Fairmount Avenue

A Dying Piece of Baltimore’s Industrial History: 611-661 S Monroe Street

If you’ve ever driven down Monroe Street to Washington Boulevard, you’ve seen this forlorn building next to the bridge:

611-661 S Monroe Street

611-661 S Monroe Street

The brick wall is crumbing, and the building has been in disrepair for years.  On first glance, it appears to be just another one of Baltimore’s many vacant properties, left to rot over the decades.  However, a little research shows this isn’t just any property — it has historic significance, ties to a famous local family, and deserves to be recognized and celebrated.

History

The building was built in the late 19th century, as the headquarters and manufacturing center for the Alma Manufacturing Company, the first company in the United States to make steel buttons and fasteners for clothing.  The company held several patents for their work, among them No. 963,193 and No. 934,136, for buckles.

On the property were long, low mill and multi-story and high-ceiling manufacturing buildings, situated near the rail tracks.

Former site of the Alma Manufacturing Company

Former site of the Alma Manufacturing Company, as seen from S Monroe Street

Alma Manufacturing signage still remains on one of the buildings next to the rail tracks

Alma Manufacturing signage still remains on one of the buildings next to the rail tracks

The Alma Manufacturing company was founded by a German immigrant, Herman Kerngood, in 1887. At the beginning of the 20th century, Herman Kerngood formed a partnership with Moses Hecht, Benjamin F. Hecht, Nathan I. Hecht, S.B. Sonneborn, and Isaac Blum, to establish the American Steel Buckle Company, Inc. with an authorized capital stock of $1000.  The Hechts were of the same family that started Hecht Brothers and the Hecht Company chain of department stores in the Baltimore-Washington region, starting with a used furniture store founded by Samuel Hecht, in 1857.

The company was taken over by Herman’s sons after his death, and then sold to another manufacturing company in 1946.

Source:  Maryland Historical Trust, Inventory of Historic Properties
Source:  Industrial Development and Manufacturer’s Record, July 20, 1905
Source:  Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, Volume CLVI, July 1910
Source:  Baltimore Sun, August 2010 “Shopping in Fells Point at Hecht’s Reliable Store” by Jacques Kelly
Source:  Baltimore Heritage: Hecht-May Company
Recent Years

Sometime around 1983, the complex was purchased by one Mahendra “Mike” Shah, who named the industrial center “Shah Industrial Park”.  One of its tenants at that time was the Naron Candy Company.

611-661 S Monroe Street, 1983 (Photo from the Maryland Historical Trust)

611-661 S Monroe Street, 1983 (Photo from the Maryland Historical Trust)

In 1996, the complex burned to the ground in one of the worst fires in SW Baltimore.  It was later determined by the court that Shah had committed numerous counts of insurance fraud, arson, mail and wire fraud violations, and money laundering.  He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in prison, in 2004.  In 2006, Shah sought to overturn his conviction, but the US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, denied his appeal.

Currently, the property is owned by a graphic artist and his wife, having purchased the property in 2009.  I reached out to them twice to find out what they intend to do with the property — once two weeks ago, and then again this morning.  Hopefully they’ll respond.  It’s a terrible shame to see such an important property fall into an even greater state of disrepair.

Larger view of an original Alma Manufacturing building

Larger view of an original Alma Manufacturing building

View of the complex from the rail tracks

View of the complex from the rail tracks