The gas tax and owners of Baltimore’s vacant properties

I receive daily emails from the Maryland Public Policy Institute. Today’s email contained the following information:

“If you’ve been to our website recently (and seen the new feature on our main page), you’ve probably seen that we’re really going to be focusing on the gas tax increase for the next couple months during the 90-day legislative session. Specifically, we’ll be doing our best to inform the electorate about how unnecessary this tax increase truly is, and on some better ways to plug the holes in our infrastructure budget.

To this end, we’ll be sending emails out specifically pertaining to the gas tax increase whenever we publish new content on the subject. Today, we begin with a brief list of myths and realities.”

If you are not a fan of the proposed gas tax then you probably should keep up with the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

If our gas taxes actually went to funding public transportation (heavy rail subway lines in Baltimore) then we probably would not have the vacant property problem we have in the city. A few weeks ago Mike Subelsky compiled a list of major Baltimore vacant property owners. The city of Baltimore is by far the biggest owner of vacant properties in Baltimore. It is a shame that they did not liquidate their portfolio back in 2005 (like I recommended) when housing was extremely overvalued. Most of the portfolio is now worthless.

One of these days I want to search through all the private owners and find out if any gave political contributions to our local leaders.

Mike’s lists:

Largest Vacant Property Owners in Baltimore, Grouped by Name

Owner # Vacants
Baltimore City 1407
UP# BUSINESS TRUST 38
SS# BUSINESS TRUST 25
JAMES E. CANN 24
NB# Business Trust 24
State of Maryland 19
2008 DRR-ETS, LLC 18
BALTIMORE RETURN FUND, LLC 18
EAST BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT LLC 18
COMPOUND YIELD PLAY, LLC 17
CE REALTY, LLC. & EPHRAIM WEINGARTEN 16
KONA PROPERTIES, LLC 16
CE REALTY, LLC 15
J.A.M. numbered corporations 15
BALTIMORE PREFERRED PROPERTIES LLC 14
DRUID HEIGHTS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 14
HOLABIRD INVESTMENTS, LLC 14
NEW HORIZON DEVELOPMENT, LLC 14
DOMINION PROPERTIES LLC 13
COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, LLC 12
M&S JOINT VENTURE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 12
MAHS-BE HOLDINGS, LLC 12
BALDWIN TRUSTEE, LEROY 11
HARRISON DEVELOPMENT, LLC 11
HUD 11
CHESAPEAKE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INC 10
KGB numbered corporations 10
University of Maryland 10
L.A.M.B., INC. 9
REBUILD AMERICA, INC 9
CARTER, NATHAN 8
EQUITY TRUST COMPANY 8
KREISLER, SANFORD 8
LAMB, DERRICK 8
N-#, INC. 8
OAKMONT DESIGN LLC 8
SANDTOWN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 8
DOMINION RENTALS, LLC 7
GREEN, CARL 7
HARBOUR PORTFOLIO 7
LEO, CAROLINE G. 7
N10 BUSINESS TRUST 7
NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES-4, INC 7
SAUNDERS TERRAINE 7
EAST BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT, INC 6
APP CONSULTING GROUP, LLC 6
DJ LAND CO, LLC & WODA GROUP LLC 6
EMERALD BAY DEVELOPMENT GROUP & ONE, INC. 6
FIRST NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, LLC 6
JOHNSON, MARTIN 6

You can also download the entire list of non-owner-occupied vacant building owners in Baltimore.

Largest Vacant Lot Owners in Baltimore, Grouped by Name

Baltimore City 2926
B&D PHASE III, LLC 64
METRO II OLDHAM, LLC & SUNNYS ASSOCIATES, LLC 42
CAMDEN ASSOCIATES, LLC. 40
HARBORVIEW LIMITED PARTNERSHIP NO. # 35
State of Maryland 32
LOWMAN ST.,LLC 31
Oblate Sisters of Providence 27
BG&E 23
COMPANY, LLC & FEDERAL HILL HOLDING & SCC CANYON II, LLC 23
ATLAS MD I SPE, LLC & BB&T BANK (CREO), ATTN: T. GEORG 19
J & J PARTNERSHIP, INC. 19
Baptist Church 18
SANDTOWN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 18
NANTICOKE INVESTMENT CO., LLC 17
L.A.M.B., INC. 15
CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. & TAX DEPARTMENT 13
DRUID HEIGHTS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 13
SINGER PARK & PLAY, INCORPORATED 13
STATION PLACE LLC 13
TRIMARK MANAGEMENT 13
ASSOCIATION, INC & MCHENRY POINTE HOMEOWNERS 12
Benedictine Society of Baltimore 12
CHESAPEAKE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY & INC 12
JUBB JR, WALTER H & JUBB, EDWARD H 12
CASTLEWOOD COMMUNITIES, LLC 11
MOUNT SINAI BAPTIST CHURCH & OF BALTIMORE CITY 11
MARYLAND JOCKEY CL 10
CONVENTION AND AUXILIARIES & OF BALTIMORE, INC. & UNITED BAPTIST MISSIONARY 9
DUNN, GREG 9
RIVERSIDE WORK FORCE LLC 9
BALTIMORE URBAN LEAGUE, & INC.,THE 8
C&P TELEPHONE COMP 8
CORPORATE SECRETARY, AMTRAK & NATIONAL RAILROAD & PASSENGER CORPORATION 8
DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION & DRUID HEIGHTS COMMUNITY & JACQUELYN D CORNISH 8
FRP HOLLANDER 95, LLC 8
HOLABIRD PARK APTS. INC 8
MUELLER HOMES, INC. 8
NEWSTAR DEVELOPMENT AT CANTON & PEAKS, LLC 8
SCARFIELD SR, FRANK D 8
THE KCR DEVELOPMENT GROUP & SPICER’S RUN HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION
BALTIMORE SCRAP CORP. 7
BRIGHTON DEVELOPMENT GROUP & LLC 7
CHURCH, THE & VESTRY OF MOUNT CALVARY 7
FLAG HOUSE RENTAL I, L.P. & METRO PLAZA II 7
FOWLKES, ROBIN 7
PARADIGM BUILDERS, LLC & RICHARD MIRSKY – OFFIT KURMAN 7
URBAN HEALTH INSTITUTE OF & WASHINGTON, THE 7
CANN JAMES E 6
CHURCH OF THE REDEEMED OF THE & LORD, INC, THE 6
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