Tagged: 21201

City-Owned Block of Blight: 406, 408, 410, 412, 414 Park Avenue

This block has been vacant and falling apart for years. Baltimore Development Corporation appeared to understand the urgency in fixing at least two of the buildings in 2015, but it doesn’t look like anything was ever done. (See Westside Building Assessment for Park 414 and 412. Links open a PDF.) 406 Park Avenue was listed on the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Link opens a PDF)

Property Address: 406, 408, 410, 412, 414 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

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

City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello

State Senator (District 40): Catherine E. Pugh

State Delegates (District 40): Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

406-414 Park Avenue
406-414 Park Avenue
400 Block Park Avenue, side. Note the deteriorating rear of the end building.
400 Block Park Avenue, side. Note the deteriorating rear of the end building.

According to Reader MS, who sent these photos, this block sits amid new development, and is rotting away.

 

742 Dr. Benjamin Quarles Place

Property Address: 742 Dr. Benjamin Quarles Place, Baltimore, MD 21201

Property Owner: Marni and Marsha Fenwick, same address.

City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara Robinson, Frank Conaway, Jr., Antonio Hayes

This home has been empty for some time — and it’s become a nuisance and an eyesore for the neighbors. The owners have refused to fix the issues with the home. Hopefully it will be put into receivership, as this is the only blighted vacant in this development.

742 Dr. Benjamin Quarles Place
742 Dr. Benjamin Quarles Place
742 Dr. Benjamin Quarles Place, rear
742 Dr. Benjamin Quarles Place, rear

 

City-Owned Blight: 1820 N Charles Street

Property Address:  1820 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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

City Council District and Contact:  District 12, Carl Stokes

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara RobinsonShawn TarrantFrank Conaway, Jr.

1820 N Charles Street -- thanks to Reader MS for the photo!
1820 N Charles Street — thanks to Reader MS for the photo!

According to the minutes from this BDC board meeting (Link opens a PDF), there were plans in 2012 for 1820 N Charles, along with a few other properties in the Station North neighborhood — however, two emails to BDC inquiring about the status of these projects went unanswered.

927 and 925 E Chase Street

Property Address:  927 and 925 E Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Property Owner (927): Nigest & Same Yinesu, 5601 Seminary Road Apt 2405, Falls Church, VA 22041

Property Owner (925): Inbrook Homes, LLC, 4500 Bissonett Street, #300, Bellaire, TX 77401 (A Scott Wizig-controlled LLC)

Resident Agent for Inbrook Homes, LLC: Stephen Harker, 53 E Broadway, 1st Floor, Bel Air, MD 21214

City Council District and Contact:  District 12, Carl Stokes

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith Haynes, Keiffer Mitchell Jr, Melvin Stukes

927 E Chase Street
927 E Chase Street
925 E Chase
925 E Chase

 

City-Owned Blight: 412 Park Avenue

Property Address:  412 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

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

City Council District and Contact:  District 11, William Cole

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith Haynes, Keiffer Mitchell Jr, Melvin Stukes

412 Park Avenue

The city actually owns this entire side of the block, from 408 to 414.

Reader-Submitted Blight: 104 Park Avenue, City-Owned

Property Address:  104 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

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

City Council District and Contact:  District 11, William Cole

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith Haynes, Keiffer Mitchell Jr, Melvin Stukes

104 Park Avenue
104 Park Avenue

Thanks to “Reader BN” for this submission — here’s the back story:

It has sat vacant for quite some time. It used to be a greasy spoon breakfast and lunch establishment, but the business closed abruptly about a year or two ago. Since that time, the building had been sitting empty and locked as I would see it occasionally if I walked down Park Ave on my way home from work. Until yesterday I hadn’t taken that route home in a few weeks and that is when I noticed all of the windows busted out of the door and the lock hanging from the door. I reported it to 311 via the smartphone app and the ticket has been closed with no violation found.

I went back by on Friday afternoon and noticed a construction crew doing demolition on the former Greyhound bus station located on West Fayette. They were set up right next to the building so I asked them if they knew anything about the building. They told me that they reported the building to a police officer about a week ago. The police officer told them that he would report and have someone out by 3pm to board it up. Obviously no one ever came. They also told me that while the building is city owned it is not part of the BDC project they are working on, they reported the building to a BDC employee who was onsite with them yesterday. She also took pictures.

Mortgage Fraudster-Owned Blight: 314 N Paca Street

Property Address:  314 N Paca Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Property Owner:  Metropolitan Housing Associates, 3003 Lost Creek Boulevard, Laurel, MD 20724 (Charter has been forfeited)

City Council District and Contact:  District 11, William Cole

314 N Paca Street

This property is owned by mortgage scam artist Olu Campbell of Laurel, MD.  He and his business partner created sham mortgages and funneled the money to Campbell’s company.  Campbell and his business partner were sentenced to 54 and 65 months in prison each for their roles in the scheme.

1820 N. Charles Street: City-Owned Blight

Property Address:  1820 N. Charles Street, Baltmore, MD 21201

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

City Council District and Contact:  District 12, Carl Stokes

A shame to see a beautiful historic building go to waste…note the tree growing out of the window on the upper floor.  Your tax dollars at work!  Many thanks to Reader MS for this submission!

1820 N. Charles Street