Old Hospital for Women being auctioned Bolton Hill building to be sold Sept. 26

September 18, 1991|By Edward Gunts

A nursing home in Bolton Hill, for nearly a century the site of the largest hospital in Maryland devoted solely to the treatment of women, will go on the auction block Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.

The auction of the property at 140 W. Lafayette Ave. and 1400 John St., by Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc., is a foreclosure sale on behalf of a local company, Mortgage Servicing Group.

The nursing home operation inside, Golden Touch Care Center, is a tenant of the block-long building and would be able to remain no matter who the owner is as long as it complies with the terms of its lease. Darryl Reich, administrator of the nursing home, said that he expects the facility to remain open.

According to court documents, the building's current owner is Bolton Hill Limited Partnership, a group based in Fort Washington, Pa.

Bolton Hill Limited Partnership borrowed $1,886,500 from Sharon Savings and Loan Association in 1984, when it acquired the property.

When Sharon was acquired by Household Bank, the deed of trust was assigned to Mortgage Servicing Group.

It is headed by Steven and David Hurwitz, the sons of former Sharon president Zel Hurwitz.

According to court documents, Mortgage Servicing Group says the debtor owed $2,549,100 as of June 30, including principal, interest and late charges.

The nursing home is licensed to contain 264 comprehensive care beds and has 211 residents, Mr. Reich said.

A state-granted "certificate of need" is not being auctioned with the building, according to the auctioneers.

Part of a city historic district, the Bolton Hill property dates from and was expanded in 1888, 1909 and 1929.

It was constructed as the home of the Hospital for the Women of Maryland and remained its home until the 1960s.

At that time the women's hospital and the Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital of East Baltimore joined forces and moved to Baltimore County.

The replacement hospital, built on the grounds of the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, is called the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Bolton Hill property has since housed a series of nursing-home operations, with Golden Touch the most recent tenant.

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