Woman, 78, agrees to move out while city repairs her rowhouse

Officials called Pratt St. home unfit for habitation

January 08, 2000|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

A 78-year-old woman whose Pratt Street rowhouse is in substandard condition has agreed to move out of her home by Friday so the city can make repairs.

With her daughter at her side, Marguerite Greaver signed a consent order in District Court on Thursday that requires her to be out by 1 p.m. Friday. The consent order says she must rehabilitate, raze or transfer the property by May 1.

City officials have arranged to repair the structure and temporarily move Greaver to an assisted-living center in Bolton Hill, about two miles from her West Baltimore home.

Greaver, who has cancer, had refused to leave the home since November, when a city inspector placed a notice-to-vacate order on her door. She worries that someone will steal her belongings, which range from wedding dresses to men's ties to crocheted baby clothes, remnants of a store she had operated from her home.

Greaver's three-story rowhouse was cited for being unfit and unsafe for habitation. Among its problems were a leaky roof and holes in the walls. She has owned the home for 30 years. City officials got involved in Greaver's plight after social services officials notified them of the house's condition.

Housing officials have arranged for Greaver to move into Memorial Apartments, a high-rise complex for the elderly. She could be there for several months before her home is renovated, said housing spokesman John Milton Wesley.

He said several organizations are trying to raise the estimated $40,000 needed for repairs to Greaver's home. It's not clear how much the city will contribute. Several people who have read about Greaver in The Sun have offered to help.

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