Tagged: vacants

City-Owned Blight: 1115 and 1117 W Lexington Street

Property Address: 1115 and 1117 W Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

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

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

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

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

1115 and 1117 W Lexington Street
1115 and 1117 W Lexington Street

A Blighted Block: 106, 108, 110, and 112 N Carrollton Avenue

Property Address: 106, 108, 110, and 112 N Carrollton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner (108, 108, and 110): Mayor and City Council, 410 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Property Owner (112): Rent Man, LTD., 408 S Monroe Street, Baltimore, MD 21223 (Company charter has been forfeited.)

Resident Agent for Rent Man, LTD.: Jeb Stuart Fries, 103 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063

Mr. Fries, who was convicted of armed robbery in 1989 and was subsequently denied a Maryland law license, has been sued multiple times for lead paint and housing code violations, since 1993. The city has also filed multiple foreclosure and receiver  lawsuits against his various properties, including 112 N Carrollton Street in May of this year.

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

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

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

106, 108, 110, 112 N Carrollton Avenue
106, 108, 110, 112 N Carrollton Avenue

City Owned Trio of Blight: 115, 117, and 119 N Carrollton Avenue

Property Address: 115, 117, 119 N Carrollton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

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

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

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

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

115, 117, and 119 N Carrollton Avenue
115, 117, and 119 N Carrollton Avenue

105 N Carrollton Avenue

Property Address: 105 N Carrollton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: 400 Business Trust, 5616 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (A Stanley Rochkind-controlled entity)

Resident Agent for 400 Business Trust: Charles “Bud” Runkles, same address

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

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

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

105 N Carrollton Avenue
105 N Carrollton Avenue

 

1202 Harlem Avenue

Property Address: 1202 Harlem Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner: Renovations by Design, LLC, 408 Kensington Road, Baltimore, MD 21229 (Company is not in good standing.)

Resident Agent for Renovations by Design, LLC: Thomas J. Iacoboni, 15635 Yeoho Road, Sparks, MD 21152

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

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

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

1202 Harlem Avenue
1202 Harlem Avenue

2222 and 2220 Wilkens Avenue

Property Address: 2222 and 2220 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner (2222): James E. Cann, PO Box 11914, Baltimore, MD 21207 (See also 1525 N Monroe Street and 609 N Brice Street.)

Property Owner (2220): Bernie H Jackson, 5106 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207

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

State Senator: Catherine E Pugh

State Delegates: Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

2222 and 2220 Wilkens Avenue
2222 and 2220 Wilkens Avenue

More Tax Sale Mayhem: 2618 Lehman Street

Property Address: 2618 Lehman Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Richard Adolphi, 1516 Lochabor Court, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

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

State Senator: Catherine E Pugh

State Delegates: Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

Every tax-sale scammer in the city has sued to get possession of this home, yet each time over the years, the case has been dismissed. Interestingly, he owns (or owned) quite a few properties in SW Baltimore, including a bunch of rentals in my own neighborhood of Pigtown. Hopefully most of those are in the hands of owners who will take care of them.

2618 Lehman Street
2618 Lehman Street

2216 Wilkens Avenue

Purchased from the city for less than $2000, this home has remained vacant for years.

Property address: 2216 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Shafiqul Siddique, 14 Madison Mill Court, Catonsville, MD 21228

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

State Senator: Catherine E Pugh

State Delegates: Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

2216 Wilkens Avenue
2216 Wilkens Avenue

More Fun With Stanley and Bud: 2958 W North Avenue

Property Address: 2958 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216

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 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator: Catherine E. Pugh

State Delegates: Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

2958 W North Avenue
2958 W North Avenue

This is an interesting case of what happens when a property transaction goes wrong from start to finish.

Keshawn Moore, under his LLC, purchased three properties from three different shell companies (UP8 Business Trust, NB4 Business Trust, and N10 Business Trust) controlled  by Stanley Rochkind and Charles “Bud” Runkles, including the property above. (The other two were 2100 Penrose, and 2731 W North Avenue.) Stanley’s shell companies issued the mortgage for each of the properties (see mortgage 1, mortgage 2, and mortgage 3 — links open PDFs of each mortgage document prepared by Stanley’s attorney, Brian Spern.)

Apparently Mr. Moore didn’t make timely payments on the mortgages, but instead of initiating foreclosure proceedings against him, the shell companies asked for a money judgement. In each case, the remaining balance of the mortgages, plus costs and fees, were awarded to the shell companies. (Circuit Court 24C15005730, 24C15005731, and 24C15005728.)

I suppose that’s one way of disposing of blighted property, but it also leaves Mr. Moore on the hook for the taxes and large monetary judgements, and ties up the properties in court for a period of time so they can’t be moved into receivership or otherwise disposed of. We have to remove barriers to effective property disposal, otherwise neighborhoods like this one will continue their dramatic decline.

1817 Poplar Grove Street

Property Address: 1817 Poplar Grove Street, Baltimore, MD 21216

Property Owner: Audlica Durrant, 1801 Lorgnette Court, Severn, MD 21144

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator: Catherine E. Pugh

State Delegates: Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

The mortgage holder, Lakeside National, tried to foreclose on this property after the owner stopped paying the mortgage. However, because the foreclosure was never ratified by the court, the responsibility for the property remained with the owner. On the property are two signs that say the property was scheduled for demolition on February 9 of this year (“permits pending”). However, this property was still standing as of April 9 when the photograph was taken.

1817 Poplar Grove Street
1817 Poplar Grove Street
Demolition Notice dated February 9, house was still standing as of April 9 2016.
Demolition Notice dated February 9, house was still standing as of April 9 2016.