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Diana T. Gaines( Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun photo / July 1, 2013 )
49, Developer, Tu Casa Development Group
After taking 12 years off from a career in banking to raise her children, Diana T. Gaines was looking for a project, which presented itself in the form of Vacants to Value, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's program to redevelop vacant properties in the city. Gaines built Tu Casa Development Group and bought six vacant properties on the 200 block of N. Madeira St., near Patterson Park and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In the past two years, she snapped up three more properties, renovated six units and rehabilitated 16 homes on the block in some form. She sold two properties last year for about $160,000 each, the first unit in 30 days. Among the first female Hispanic developers in the city, Gaines sees her goal as "affordable luxury living in the city."
-- Dustin Levy