Mar 21 2008
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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