City to pay $3 for 3 HUD sites it will redevelop

August 22, 1996|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF

For $3, the federal government has agreed to sell to the city three West Baltimore sites where decaying apartment buildings now stand.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will relocate tenants and demolish the buildings before turning over the vacant land to the city's housing department, Jim Kelly, a HUD spokesman, said.

The deal was approved without comment yesterday by the city Board of Estimates. Once the sites are turned over to the city, the housing department will market them for development.

Zack Germroth, city housing spokesman, said the department has no specific plans for the land but will probably advertise for redevelopment proposals.

While most of the buildings are largely vacant, and Kelly said remaining tenants will be given federal rent subsidies that will allow them to relocate in affordable homes.

Owners of the properties have defaulted on federally insured loans, making HUD the owner, said Kelly. The apartment buildings are Hanlon House in the 2200 block of N. Ellamont St., Oakfield Manor in the 4100 block of Bonner Road and Edmondson Garden Apartments in the 1700 block of Edmondson Ave.

Pub Date: 8/22/96

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