Mar 21 2008

What a Dump! 1444 Stevenson Street

Published by at 2:26 pm under Locust Point

Sometimes any development is better than the alternative. Case in point – 1444 Stevenson Street. This property that sits at the bottom of Stevenson and Woodall Streets in Locust Point, has been vacant and falling down for years. All that stands now is a decaying building an overgrown lot and all the trash and animals that it attracts. Rats, feral cats, and raccoons all make their home here. Residents have also come across needles, used condoms, and countless beer and liquor bottles in the past. The property also constantly leaks some kind of liquid onto the bottom of Stevenson Street.? The owner obviously doesn’t take cae of the property.

Two years ago a developer stepped up ready to purchase the property and build roughly a dozen high-end town homes. A plan that was welcomed by almost all residents of Stevenson Street. For some reason the deal fell apart. The main reason was the city’s reluctance and ultimate denial to rezone the property for residential. Their main reasoning – they wanted to keep a industrial buffer between the residential streets and Domino Sugar. Huh? How is industrial directly adjacent to existing residential a buffer from more industrial (Domino)? Baltimore City Planning – in all its infinite wisdom – is really wrong on this one.

As my neighbors say, “Anything would be better than what’s there now.” Hopefully this comes up for development and rezoning again. But until then residents will have to continue to put up with this ongoing eyesore and nuisance that Baltimore City apparently has no problem with. Check out the recent photos I snapped. Beautiful ain’t it?

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One Comment to “What a Dump! 1444 Stevenson Street”

  1. sobojeffon 24 Mar 2008 at 6:42 am

    Protection of our industry is a good idea, but the City has taken it to an extremem when it comes to the north shore of the pennisula. This is the second case I have heard where development was stopped because of MIZOD related issues. The other was the denial for Little Havan to open up on the Egan Marnia site. Again, the city wanted a buffer for idustry. Isn’t the several acre parking lot enought of a buffer for domino? The owner even offered to sign a agreement saying he would never file complaintes etc. about domino’s activities. Still, it didn’t happen. Asenine…

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