Century-old homes redone for affordable housing


April 12, 1992|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and members of the Baltimore Corporation for Housing Partnerships will gather in the Union Square historic district at 10 a.m. tomorrow to dedicate Baltimore's newest affordable housing project, a 17-unit development called Lemmon Tree Lane.

The project, in the 1700 block of Lemmon Street, involved the restoration of 19th century townhouses for sale to families earning as little as $20,000 a year.

Fifteen houses were restored as single-family residences, while the two large corner dwellings were converted to multifamily residences. One was renovated as an owner's apartment and a rental unit, and will be sold as a single property. The other has been turned into two three-bedroom condominiums, which will be sold individually.

The single-family homes and condominiums are priced between $55,000 and $79,900. The state's Community Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided financing that enables buyers to acquire the homes for monthly mortgages of $450 to $500.

Menefee & Associates was the architect for the project. Financial assistance also came from the city's Community Development Financing Administration, the Baltimore Regional Community Development Corp. and HUD's Section 312 rehabilitation program.

According to the non-profit housing partnership, which served as developer, Lemmon Tree Lane is one of the first city projects in which an entire block of 100-year-old residences has been restored to its original appearance and marketed as affordable housing. The work included preserving cornices, reopening windows that had been bricked in, and installing new front doors styled in keeping with the period.

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