Remington's housing stock is about to get a big boost.
Baltimore City and a private redevelopment company are moving ahead with separate plans to foster home ownership in the neighborhood by rehabbing vacant houses, many of them on Remington Avenue.
Seawall Development Corp., best known for turning two old mills into affordable apartments for teachers, has purchased six boarded-up row houses from their owners or at auction — two on Howard Street, three on Lorraine Street and one on Remington Avenue.
"It's literally about the rebuilding of the community," said Donald Manekin, a Seawall partner. He said the six Seawall houses are in "shell conditions."
The city, as part of its Vacants to Value program to revitalize neighborhoods, will put out a Request for Proposals as early as Friday, asking developers to bid on a project to rehab nine houses in the 2800 block of Remington Avenue.
"We're looking for a developer that can rehab the whole block," said Housing Department Deputy Commissioner Julie Day.
City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke said she asked housing officials to indicate in the RFP that the city's goal for the houses is home ownership.
Seawall will bid on the city-controlled houses, Manekin said.
The Hampden-based Episcopal Housing Corporation, which rehabs vacant houses mostly in west Baltimore and Collington Square near Johns Hopkins Hospital, also plans to bid on the city houses, and wants to "expand our reach" into the Remington-Hampden area, said Executive Director Dan McCarthy.
Judith Kunst, Greater Remington Improvement Association president, attributes the recent attention to housing in Remington partly to plans to build the Walmart-anchored 25th Street Station shopping center at 25th and Howard streets.