Vacant Buildings

Ask most people familiar with Baltimore and they’ll tell you that the city has a serious vacant and abandoned property problem. At Baltimore Rising, we prefer to view these properties as an asset, as a resource that the city can use as an incentive to encourage repopulation and attract employers to locate here. In fact, we’re working on legislation that will do just that.

In the meantime, if you’re interested, we have used Open Baltimore geocoding data together with ownership information from CityView to create an interactive map of the city’s vacant and abandoned buildings. No vacant properties in this dataset. We’ll try to get you a map of those properties later.North Avenue

The map below is interactive in that you can use your mouse or touchpad to center on a different part of the city and the “+” and “-” signs on the map to zoom in and out. Clicking on any of the red property dots will show you the address and who owns it. You can even use the search function to locate property on a specific street. For other details, like acreage for example, you’ll need to check with the city but, for now, our map is a good place to start.

While the map displays ownership information, often an individual will use multiple companies to own his inventory of vacant houses. By using multiple companies the individual can mask just how many vacant properties he or she owns. For instance, Scott Wizig used 9 companies – Baltimore Return Fund, Chesapeake Row Homes, Compound Yield Play, Harbor Pier Homes, Inbrook Homes, Maryland Liberty Homes, Nicky’s Row Homes, Port Homes and Wiz Homes – to own around 140 houses in Baltimore.

Most importantly, the map will help you appreciate the extent of the vacant buildings problem in the city and, on the flip side of that crisis, the opportunity these buildings represent as an important element of Baltimore’s economic recovery.

When legislation we are introducing is approved, you’ll be able to go to a new website that lists all vacant and abandoned property in the city, differentiates between buildings and vacant lots, those that are privately versus city-owned and gives you detailed information about every property. Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted.

Other Baltimore Rising legislation will greatly expedite the city’s acquisition of privately-held vacant and abandoned property.

As of the date this page was first posted, the complete list of vacant buildings has 16,885 properties. Unfortunately, geocoding and other data problems made it impossible for us to include almost 1000 of these properties. In any case, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something you like, that’s affordable and that you can refurbish for your family or your business.

Any questions or suggestions? Please feel free to leave us a comment.

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