Greenmount West organizes neighborhood vacants tour
Photo of Greenmount West homes courtesy of the New Greenmount West Community Association
Boosters in Baltimore's Greenmount West organized a tour last weekend that included homes that are far from neighborhood showpieces but -- they hope -- will get there in the foreseeable future.
The New Greenmount West Community Association organized the "Vacants to Value" event to drum up interest in the idea of buying a property in disrepair and breathing new life into it. The tour drew about 80 people, said Marian Weaver, a board member with the association.
Group leaders coordinated with several partners, including the city -- which launched the Vacants to Value program last fall to try to get more of Baltimore's thousands of abandoned homes back into productive use.
"When the Vacants to Value Program first went live, we recognized that this would be a great opportunity to leverage the city's willingness to sell vacants that they'd otherwise refused to for the past 30 years, and hope that we could funnel interest into turning these houses into the glorious homeowner occupied dwellings that they once were, rather than more inefficient and poorly managed apartments," Weaver said in an email.