BALTIMORE — In the city’s fight against blight, an entire block of city housing will be demolished in Baltimore’s Druid Heights neighborhood, Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development announced Tuesday.
The 500 block of Baker Street, lots 502-522, will be demolished at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the mayor’s office said. The effort works towards the mayor’s goal of bringing the city’s vacant housing stock to below 15,000 units. Once the 10 houses are raised, a plan is in place to incorporate the site into “a multi-phase affordable home ownership project known as Bakers View Townhomes,” the mayor’s office said. The project is slated to create 87 affordable townhomes overall. The entire construction initiative was paid for with $1.1 million in bond funds, $400,000 in State Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative Funds, and $250,000 in additional state funds.
“The Druid Heights Community is located in one of our initial Impact Investment Areas,” stated Michael Braverman, the city's Housing Commissioner. “The Druid Heights Community is a prime example of how we, working with our partners, can build from strength, focusing additional investments to capitalize on ongoing revitalization efforts that are helping transform communities."