City-owned property in Towson cleaned up, sale pending – Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore City-owned property in Towson that some neighbors say has been an eyesore was cleaned up this week after neighbors and county officials reported its conditions to city officials.

Neighbors say the vacant lot, at 219 E. Burke Ave., in Towson, is often full of overgrown weeds and tall grass.

Baltimore City Comptroller Joan Pratt said the city’s Department of Public Works, which is responsible for the parcel’s maintenance, was notified Aug. 21 that the property was open to potential trespassers. Pratt said the property was locked up again last week.

City officials also trimmed the overgrown weeds and mowed the grass, Pratt said.The sale of the of the three-quarter acre parcel to an entity of Towson-based Continental Realty Corporation is in settlement after gaining the city’s Board of Estimates’ approval on Aug. 16, Pratt said.

In the meantime, the property, which had previously served as a maintenance depot for the city’s public works department, is the city’s responsibility. The city’s public works department maintains water service in most of Baltimore County.

Tentative plans for the site call for expanding the amenities offered to residents of the adjacent Donnybrook Apartments, a Continental Realty Corporation spokesman said Friday. An affiliate of Continental Realty Company owns and manages the Towson apartment complex.

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