Tagged: vacant

House Collapse in West Baltimore

According to Oscar Jiminez from WBAL, a vacant house partially collapsed in the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue this morning injuring two people and also sent debris into the sidewalk and onto the road. Thankfully nobody was killed, unlike this incident in March.

The house, 1925 Edmondson Avenue, was owned by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, and is part of the Vacants to Value program, touted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as an “innovative” program that was supposed to “to get Baltimore’s vacant and abandoned properties cleaned up and redeveloped more quickly, more efficiently, and more economically”.

1923 Edmondson Avenue, on the right. Note the absence of a roof.
1921 and 1923 Edmondson Avenue. Note the absence of a roof on 1923. Both homes are City-owned. (Image from Google Street View)

While V2V may have seemed like a good idea, we maintain the program is not operating as intended, as many of the purchasers of V2V homes are speculators. In fact, one of the largest purchasers of V2V homes is someone we’ve written about several times — an attorney who was disbarred (and subsequently reinstated) for bid-rigging at Baltimore’s municipal auctions, both under his own name and his LLC, “Land Research Associates”.

 

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.

 

1931 W Mulberry Street

Another blighted Baltimore vacant that passed through the hands of prolific slumlord and lead paint violator, Stanley Rochkind.

Property Address: 1931 W Mulberry Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Lamont Lovejoy, 2829 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

1931 W Mulberry Street
1931 W Mulberry Street

 

2100 Penrose Avenue

This is the second property included in the Morwin Properties/UP8 Business trust foreclosure debacle, read the original post here.

Property Address: 2100 Penrose Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Morwin Properties, LLC, 901 Stamford Road, Baltimore, MD 21229 (Charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing.)

Resident Agent for Morwin Properties, LLC: Keshawn Moore, same address

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

2100 Penrose Avenue
2100 Penrose Avenue

 

2139 W Fayette Street

Property Address: 2139 W Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: UP8 Business Trust, 5616 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (A Stanley Rochkind-controlled entity)

Resident Agent for UP8 Business Trust: Jack Novograd, same address

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

2139 W Fayette Street
2139 W Fayette Street

 

2112 Penrose Avenue

Property Address: 2112 Penrose Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Darryl Perry, 1 N Wheeler Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

2112 Penrose Avenue
2112 Penrose Avenue

40 and 42 S Pulaski Street

Property Address: 40 and 42 S Pulaski Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner (40): This property’s SDAT record is incorrect. The property was foreclosed on by Fidelity Tax, LLC via Delaurentis Reiff and Reid, in 2010. As per Circuit Court case number 24C07006190, the plaintiffs were granted “…an absolute and indefeasible leasehold title” on March 5 of that year.

Property Owner (42): Senedou Habtou, 430 Lincoln Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 (Purchased in 2008 from the City via tax sale.)

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

40 and 42 S Pulaski Street
40 and 42 S Pulaski Street

 

1922 W Franklin Street

The ownership of this property since the late 1980s is a brilliant illustration of why we need better corporate/LLC transparency in Maryland. Every company mentioned in this laundry list of acronyms (link opens a PDF) can be traced back to Stanley Rochkind, one of Baltimore’s most notorious slumlords and abandoned property owners.

Property Address: 1922 W Franklin Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: SD-15 Corporation, PO Box 32118, Baltimore, MD 21215 (Corporation is not in good standing, charter has been forfeited)

Resident Agent for SD-15 Corporation: Ronald Washington, 1705 E Joppa Road, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21234

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

State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Delegate:  Keith Haynes

1922_w_franklin_street
1922 W Franklin Street. Note the open/missing front door, and missing roof.

4006 Glenmore Avenue

Property Address: 4006 Glenmore Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21206

Property Owner: Jefferson Holding, LLC, 1153 Rt. 3 North, Suite 12, Gambrills, MD 21054 (Company is not in good standing, company charter has been forfeited.)

Resident Agent for Jefferson Holding, LLC: George Spiers, 2047 Hermitage Hills Drive, Gambrills, MD 21054

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates: Talmadge BranchCheryl Glenn, Cory V. McCray

This property has been owned by Jefferson Holding, LLC since 2001, and has remained unoccupied since. At one point, the owners were maintaining the yard, but have stopped, and it’s become a nuisance to the neighbors. Considering all of the other homes on the block are reasonably well maintained, it appears to be a good candidate for receivership.

A shame, though, that it has to go into receivership and the owner can’t be bothered to maintain the home. Perhaps Baltimore Housing should start sending property owners a bill for court time.

4006 Glenmore Avenue
4006 Glenmore Avenue
4006 Glenmore Avenue, broken soffit
4006 Glenmore Avenue, broken soffit

 

 

1248 E North Avenue

Property Address: 1248 E North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202

Property Owner: Ifeyinwa T. Ogbuagu, 917 Symphony Circle SW, Vienna, VA 21280

City Council District and Contact:  District 12, Carl Stokes

State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates: Talmadge BranchCheryl Glenn

1248 E North Avenue
1248 E North Avenue