Baltimore Housing Participates in the Demolition Celebration for the Madison Park North Apartments
Baltimore Housing staff joined Mayor Catherine Pugh and Governor Larry Hogan, elected officials, partners, and the community on December 9, 2016 for the demolition of the Madison Park North Apartments in West Baltimore. During the event, the awardees for demolition funds through Project C.O.R.E., a city-state partnership to demolish vacant buildings in Baltimore City, were announced. Nearly $16 million were awarded to 30 projects in Baltimore, which will serve as a catalyst for an additional $285 million investment from public, private, and nonprofit development partners.
The demolition of Madison Park North Apartments is a major accomplishment for Baltimore Housing. The apartments, built in the 1970s, had become known as “Murder Mall” for its notorious drug activity and incidents of violent crime. In 2010, Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano revoked the multifamily dwelling license from the property owner. The owner agreed to sell the property as part of a consent order in 2014. Baltimore Housing and HUD officials successfully relocated approximately 187 residents using Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) vouchers in 2014 and early 2015. Once cleared, the site will redevelop into a new Innovation Center, which will connect the first-ever innovation district in Baltimore that will run from Coppin State University to the Maryland Institute College of Art and from Mondawmin Mall to Martin Luther King Boulevard.