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Bell Foundry was 'tragedy waiting to happen,' Baltimore housing official says

Bell Foundry was 'tragedy waiting to happen,' Baltimore housing official says

When Baltimore fire and housing inspectors entered the Bell Foundry arts building this week to investigate a complaint about substandard conditions inside, they were confronted with a "tragedy waiting to happen," a high-ranking housing official said Wednesday.

The commercial warehouse of art studios and nonprofit theater space in the Station North Arts District had been partially converted into illegal living quarters, and had so many severe safety violations that there was no option but to immediately evacuate the building and evict the dozens of artists who were tenants there, said Katy Byrne, deputy assistant commissioner for litigation in the city housing...

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