Tagged: Warren Branch

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

 

WWJD? 1439 N Patterson Park Avenue

Property Address: 1439 N Patterson Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213

Property Owner: Rising Zion Baptist Church, Inc., 2300 Llewelyn Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213

Resident Agent for Rising Zion Baptist Church, Inc.: Reverend Theodore D. Addison, Sr., 1540 Northgate Road, Baltimore, MD 21218

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator (District 45): Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates (District 45): Talmadge BranchCheryl Glenn, Cory V. McCray

1439 N Patterson Park Avenue -- Photo by Reader Rusty

1439 N Patterson Park Avenue — Photo by Reader Rusty

Rising Zion has owned this property since 2007. Photo by Reader Rusty

Rising Zion has owned this property since 2007. Photo by Reader Rusty

 

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.

513 N Port Street

Another property submitted by Reader SF!

Property Address: 513 N Port Street, Baltimore, MD 21205

Property Owner: MND Development, LLC, 5616 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (A Stanley Rochkind-controlled entity)

Resident Agent for MND Development, LLC: Jack Novograd, same address

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates: Talmadge Branch, Nina R. Harper, Cheryl Glenn

513 N Port Street

513 N Port Street

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

City-Owned Blight: 2202 Orleans Street

Property Address:  2202 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Property Owner:  Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates: Talmadge Branch, Nina R. Harper, Cheryl Glenn

2202 Orleans Street

2202 Orleans Street — also note the Frank Conaway campaign sign on a city-owned property.

Neighbors complained to HABC in 2010 about this house being a drug nuisance, but despite overwhelming evidence of criminal activity (including raids and drug arrests), HABC didn’t begin eviction proceedings until 2012.

1207 N Patterson Park Aveue

Property Address: 1207 N Patterson Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213

Property Owner: Beverlie Burke, 15701 Atlantis Drive, Bowie, MD 20716

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates: Talmadge Branch, Nina R. Harper, Cheryl Glenn

1207 N Patterson Park Avenue

1207 N Patterson Park Avenue

1207 N Patterson Park Avenue, rear

1207 N Patterson Park Avenue, rear