Tagged: Scott Wizig

Keeping an Eye on one of Baltimore’s Historic Industrial Sites

Eigenbrot Brewery, before its closure in 1920.
Eigenbrot Brewery, before its closure in 1920.

The Eigenbrot Brewery is located in the historic Shipley Hill neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore, and is part of Baltimore’s rich industrial history. The brewery closed with the advent of prohibition, in 1920. Several other companies have used the buildings for various other manufacturing endeavors, yet today it remains a forlorn abandoned group of buildings, tucked away from the main road, and sadly forgotten. I stumbled upon it accidentally in 2013.

The site was purchased by one of Houston property “investor” Scott Wizig’s shell LLCs, and left to rot, as befalls many of his properties. This happens so often, in fact, that community groups and the Community Law Center sued Wizig for his negligence and predatory property ownership. The judge who presided over the lawsuit ordered Wizig to clean up many of his properties — one of which is the Eigenbrot Brewery.

Eigenbrot Brewery, 2015
Photo courtesy of Andrew Cook, Baltimore Department of Planning

Unfortunately, neighbors and others interested in preserving the property have reported that Wizig may be trying to demolish one or all of these historic buildings. There is one permit that recently expired for the removal of a roof, and people have seen heavy equipment going in and out of the newly-fenced perimeter.  Because the site is now on the radar of the city, preservationists, and property advocates, people have shown an interest in preserving this important property. There’s a Facebook page for posting updates and photos, and we’ll continue to monitor the property. Let’s work together to save this historic piece of Baltimore history from the wrecking ball and its predatory owner.

1703 Westwood Avenue

Property Address: 1703 Westwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner: Harbor Pier Homes, LLC, PO Box 741109, Houston, TX 77274 (Company is not in good standing.)

Resident Agent for Harbor Pier Homes, LLC: Stephen Harker, 35 Fulford Avenue, Suite 203, Bel Air, MD 21014

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

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

Yet another blighted home owned by one of Houston slumlord Scott Wizig‘s shell LLCs.

1703 Westwood Avenue
1703 Westwood Avenue

1813 and 1811 N Pulaski Street

Property Address: 1813 and 1811 N Pulaski Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner (1813): Port Homes, LLC, 4500 Bissonnett Street, #300, Bellaire, TX 77401 (Company is not in good standing. Home was purchased in a tax sale from Baltimore City in 2010. Company is one of Scott Wizig‘s shell companies.)

Resident Agent for Port Homes, LLC: Stephen Harker, 35 Fulford Avenue, Suite 203, Bel Air, MD 21014

Property Owner (1811): Owner is deceased, since 2005.

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

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

1813 and 1811 N Pulaski Street
1813 and 1811 N Pulaski Street

1820, 1822, and 1824 N Pulaski Street

Property Address: 1820, 1822, and 1824 N Pulaski Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner (1820): Rox Developers, Inc., 1118 S Carey Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 (Corporation is not in good standing, charter has been forfeited)

Registered Agent for Rox Developers, Inc.: Patrick Peters, same address.

Property Owner (1822): Reginald Hamilton, 6505 Clearfield Court, Capital Heights, MD 20743 (Property is currently going through foreclosure proceeding, presumably from a tax sale purchase. The property was purchased by Mr. Hamilton from one of Scott Wizig‘s shell companies, Wiz Homes.)

Property Owner (1824): Minerva Thomas, same address.

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

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

1820, 1822, and 1824 N Pulaski Street
1820, 1822, and 1824 N Pulaski Street

1825 N Payson Street

Property Address: 1825 N Payson Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner: Harbor Pier Homes, LLC, PO Box 741109, Houston, TX 77274 (Company is not in good standing.)

Resident Agent for Harbor Pier Homes, LLC: Stephen Harker, 35 Fulford Avenue, Suite 203, Bel Air, MD 21014

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

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

1825 N Payson Street
1825 N Payson Street

This company is owned by Scott Wizig, a particularly virulent slumlord who was chased out of New York by the Attorney General there, and into the arms of a particularly welcoming Baltimore City government. Wizig’s shell company purchased this property at a tax sale in 2008.

Most recently, Wizig was in the news as the subject of a lawsuit filed on behalf of several community associations that claimed his blighted properties posed a nuisance and a danger to their neighborhoods. Before that, we were finding Wizig’s properties all over town, popping up like toadstools after a rainstorm (or after a City tax sale.)

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.

1909 W Fairmount Avenue

Note:  This home is currently going through the receivership process.  While not as dramatic as being run out of town by the state attorney general, I have noticed many more of this slumlord’s homes are going into receivership — hopefully this trend continues.

Property Address:  1909 W Fairmount Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner:  Compound Yield Play, LLC, 4500 Bissonnett Street, #300, Bellaire, TX 77401 (A Scott Wizig-controlled entity)

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

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith HaynesKeiffer Mitchell JrMelvin Stukes

1909 W Fairmount Avenue -- note the red x sign, placed by BCFD to indicate the structure is unsafe to enter.
1909 W Fairmount Avenue — note the red x sign, placed by BCFD to indicate the structure is unsafe to enter.

 

Judge to Slumlord Scott Wizig: Clean Up Your Blight!

As reported by Natalie Sherman in the Baltimore Sun:

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ordered an absentee Baltimore landlord to clean up about 50 blighted properties within 90 days, the first ruling since a state law was amended two years ago to make it easier for community groups to sue the owners of problem properties.

Judge Pamela J. White found that 49 properties owned by Scott Wizig and corporate affiliates represented legal nuisances, with “unsafe and uninhabitable” conditions that have not been fixed despite requests by community groups and notices of violations of the building code. Community groups are “entitled” to a judgement, she wrote in the July 31 order.

We’ve written about Scott Wizig many times before, along with his blighted homes in Baltimore. It’s nice to see that other people have taken notice of his neglect in our communities and took action — kudos to the Community Law Center for this win! Considering he was tossed out of Buffalo, NY by a judge — perhaps he’ll leave Baltimore as well.

You can read the full text of the Baltimore Sun article here.

1304 and 1306 Aisquith Street

Property Address: 1304 & 1306 Aisquith Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Property Owner (1304): Deutsche Bank National Trust Co (Entity is not registered in the State of Maryland), 7255 Baymeadows Way, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Property Owner (1306): Wiz Homes (a Scott Wizig-controlled entity), LLC, PO Box 741109, Houston, TX 77274

Resident Agent for Wiz Homes, LLC: Stephen L. Harker, 53 E Broadway 1st Floor, Bel Air, MD 21014

City Council District and Contact:  District 12, Carl Stokes

State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates: Talmadge BranchCheryl Glenn

1304 and 1306 Aisquith Street
1304 and 1306 Aisquith Street