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Some in Remington want city to buy warehouses

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

A residents’ group in the Baltimore neighborhood of Remington is asking the city to purchase two warehouses that were going to be replaced by a gas station and convenience store until those plans fell through in recent weeks.

The Remington Neighborhood Alliance sent a letter to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday requesting the city purchase 2926 Remington Ave. and 320 W. 29th St., which were about to be sold to Royal Farms — until the company recently backed out of the contracts, according to the properties’ current owner.

“The request is being made to ‘protect, support and enhance’ the Remington community’s long-range plan for a neighborhood school facility, by securing the properties for compatible public use,” the Alliance said in a statement quoting the letter. The letter said the neighborhood has identified the northeast corner of the Remington Avenue and West 29th Street as the site of a future public school.

The Baltimore Community Resource Center, a substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation facility, has owned the two properties since Oct. 2006. According to tax records, the properties are worth about $1.2 million.

Robin Woodell, the Resource Center’s director, said the center has tried to find uses for the buildings but that the neighborhood group has “fought us every step of the way.” Now, she said, the nonprofit is just trying to get rid of the empty warehouses: “I’m up for anything.”

Ryan O’Doherty, a spokesman for Rawlings-Blake, said the mayor’s office would review the alliance’s letter but would not “comment on an acquisition until we review the specifics.” 

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