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- Adopt- A- Lot Program Adopting a city-owned vacant lot can improve the living conditions in your neighborhood. You and your neighbors can create a peaceful, space for everyone to share.
- Target Area Map These maps show the boundaries of each Vacants to Value Streamlined Code Enforcement neighborhood and Community Development Cluster.
- Community Development Clusters On blocks with many vacant, rundown houses, fixing up every vacant at one time ensures that residents of newly repaired homes don't have to live alongside properties that remain boarded for extended periods.
The Interactive Map Below Includes For Sale Vacants, Lots, Renter Occupied and Commercial Buildings
The map below shows the boundaries of each Vacants to Value Streamlined Code Enforcement neighborhood and Community Development Cluster. Within these areas, click on a property that has been rehabilitated, under construction, or currently vacant to learn more about that property. Or type an address, neighborhood, or place name into the “Locate a place” box to zoom to that location.
Vacants to Value (V2V) is Baltimore City's initiative to get more of Baltimore's vacant and abandoned properties cleaned up and redeveloped more quickly, efficiently, and economically. V2V is streamlining government processes, targeting resources, and leveraging private investment to maximize the repair and rehabilitation of blighted property.
The remaining 6,000 vacants are located in areas where the housing market can support revitalization: either in relatively strong neighborhoods (where about 5,000 blighted vacants are located), or small whole-block areas within largely vacant neighborhoods (where about 1,000 are located). Through Vacants to Value, we're piloting new code enforcement strategies to push investment in each:
Streamlined Code Enforcement In areas where scattered vacant and boarded properties are making relatively strong neighborhoods vulnerable, we're using a Streamlined Code Enforcement strategy to get them fixed up and occupied more quickly.
Community Development Clusters In high-vacancy areas where whole-block strategies are needed to make revitalization successful, we've identified a set of Community Development Clusters. We're partnering with developers and using legal strategies in these areas to get blocks of properties fixed, sold, or auctioned to new owners.Code Enforcement Strategy Target Areas Our Progress
In neighborhoods with relatively strong housing markets, scattered vacant properties left too long can undermine community progress. In the past, Code Enforcement's only option was to take unresponsive owners of vacant buildings to Housing Court, which could take months, or even years.
Through Vacants to Value, we're piloting a Streamlined Code Enforcement approach in these areas. We've begun issuing $900 citations when owners of vacant buildings don't respond to violation notices, and $250 citations when owners don't respond to violation notices for problems with occupied homes. The fines that come with citations rise quickly if nothing is done, so owners are pushed to take action right away.
If citations don't get results, we use the law to push a property to auction into receivership so that a new owner can rehabilitate it. This ensures that vacants and blighted occupied homes don't remain in strong neighborhoods for long periods.
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- Central forest park
- Charles north
- Charles village
- Cherry hill
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- Concerned citizens of forest park
On blocks with many vacant, rundown houses, fixing up every vacant at one time ensures that residents of newly repaired homes don't have to live alongside properties that remain boarded for extended periods. In the past, the only way to do this was for Baltimore Housing to take ownership of all of the buildings on a block and package them for bid by a single developer - a slow, costly, and inefficient approach.
Through Vacants to Value, we're piloting a new strategy. We've designated a set of Community Development Clusters, where we're forming partnerships with multiple non-profit and for-profit developers interested in investing in these areas. If blighted properties are privately owned, we're using the law to push owners to sell or rehabilitate them. If owners don't act, we're pushing them to auction (through receivership), so that developers can buy and redevelop them. If vacants are City-owned, our Land Resources Division is using its new streamlined disposition practices to transfer them to developers. Together, these strategies help ensure that rundown vacant properties don't get left behind on blocks where redevelopment is occurring.
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