Tag: housing

Former rye whiskey warehouse near Inner Harbor to be converted into apartment units

Osprey Property Company will convert the Lanahan Building, a former rye whiskey warehouse at 22 Light Street, into multifamily housing units. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Howard & Associates, Inc.

A former liquor warehouse that once produced rye whiskey in downtown Baltimore will be converted into a residential building with 40 multifamily units, as well as a ground floor restaurant.

Osprey Property Company bought the nearly 52,000-square-foot, six-story Lanahan Building at 22 Light St., for $4.25 million from the previous owner MCF Capital, said Brad Byrnes, principal at Byrnes & Associates, Inc., the Baltimore-based commercial real estate and investment firm that brokered the deal.

The Effect of a Dilapidated Home on a Baltimore Block

A vacant lot where 1906 Boone once stood. Photo via newrepublic.com.

Baltimore Fishbowl former senior editor Rachel Monroe, who left last year to pursue a freelance career, looks at the effects a single decaying home has on a block near Greenmount Cemetery in “The New Republic.” The house is no longer there, but the story behind it reveals why so many abandoned houses plague Baltimore and other cities. Read an excerpt below and view the entire story at newrepublic.com.

When it was still standing, 1906 Boone Street was a classic example of a Baltimore row house: three stories tall and only 15 feet wide, with a curved bay window in front and a narrow garden out back. Built in 1920, it featured a red brick facade, five bedrooms, and a claw-foot tub in the second-floor bathroom. Karen Saunders, who now lives two doors down, remembers living in the house as a child in the 1960s. Lewis Mitchell, a Coast Guard welder, purchased the house next door 21 years ago. Together with his brother, who lives one house over, Mitchell spent more than a year cleaning, painting, and repairing his new home. “I build ships,” Mitchell says. “I figured I could do a house.”

Live Baltimore’s Marketing Director Promoted to Executive Director Position

Photo via Live Baltimore

After four years spent running Live Baltimore’s marketing department, Annie Milli will step in as the organization’s leader next month.

Leaders Discuss How to Fix Homelessness at Light City’s Social Lab

Molly McGrath Tierney, director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (left) and Jeff Singer, former director of Healthcare for the Homeless, talk on stage.

Homelessness doesn’t hit softly; it’s more like a hurricane that sweeps through a city, according to Jeff Singer, former director of Baltimore’s Health Care for the Homeless.

Mayor Pugh Signs Executive Order to Reduce Threat of Evictions for Artists in DIY Spaces

The Bell Foundry in 2013, by Tyler Merbler

In a move designed to add a new layer of protection for artists who get kicked out of spaces deemed to be in violation of city building codes, Mayor Catherine Pugh today issued an executive order allowing officials to let artists remain in their buildings, so as long as their safety isn’t threatened.

Senate Officially Confirms Former Hopkins Neurosurgeon Ben Carson as Housing Secretary


It actually happened, folks: A retired doctor with zero public policy or management experience is now the nation’s secretary of housing and urban development.

Second Meeting of Mayor’s Task Force Covers Artists’ Spatial Needs, Zoning Remedies and Financing

Writer and activist Jordannah Elizabeth speaks at the second meeting of the Mayor’s Task Force on Safe Arts Spaces.

Can Baltimore’s creative community, leaders, businesses and nonprofits harness the collective willpower to create safe spaces for artists?

JHU Historian’s Work on ‘Mapping Inequality’ Database Honored in Nat Geo’s ‘Best Maps’ List

Courtesy “Mapping Inequality” database

Earlier this year, Johns Hopkins University historian N.D.B. Connolly worked with researchers from a handful of schools to assemble an online map archive showing evidence of government-abetted redlining. A writer for National Geographic took notice, including it in his list of the top maps produced this year.

Vacants to Value is Back

Photo via vacantstovalue.org
Photo via vacantstovalue.org

After running out of money earlier this year to assist homebuyers, Baltimore’s Vacants to Value Booster Program is back.

Baltimore County Rejects Housing Anti-Discrimination Bill



This week the Baltimore County Council considered a bill that would’ve prohibited landlords from discriminating against tenants who use housing vouchers. They opted to reject that bill.

Baltimore’s Rental Housing Market Is in Crisis



People living in certain Baltimore neighborhoods–say, Canton, Locust Point, or Woodberry–might have noticed their rents going up a lot. A whole lot. Like a more than 100 percent increase since 2000.

Breaking Ground on New Development Near Hopkins Hospital



The lot at the corner of Wolfe and Eager Streets sat vacant for years. Last week, that ground was broken.

New York Times Editorial Says Racism “Doomed” Baltimore

Business Insider photo.
Business Insider photo.

All of a sudden, people everywhere have opinions about Baltimore–including the New York Times, which published a scathing Sunday editorial about the city’s problems that really didn’t pull any punches.

Housing Spending Affects Kids’ Smarts, Johns Hopkins Study Says

photo via LSNC
photo via LSNC

Affordable housing isn’t just good for cities, new research from Johns Hopkins says–it’s also good for children’s brains. According to Sandra Newman, a professor of policy studies, families that spend more than 50% of their income on housing, children’s cognitive ability shows a decline. The same is true when housing accounts for less than 20%. The sweet spot? “Families spending about 30 percent of their income on housing had children with the best cognitive outcomes,” Newman told the Hopkins Hub.

Old Fells Point Police Station Reopens as Mixed-Income Apartments


fells-point-stationLease ’em, Danno!

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thinks that Fells Point’s historic police-station-turned-apartment-building reminds residents of the “charm we all love so much about Baltimore.” But hopefully some of that police-station mojo has been lost. I mean, who wants to spend the night there?

Originally envisioned as luxury condos, Fells Point Station opened as a mixed-income project (though their slogan is “the definition of luxury”). 70 percent of the one- and two-bedroom units are income-based (qualifying tenants pay 30 percent of their income); the rest are leased at market rate, between $900 and $1,400 a month.