For Sale: Boarded-up, crumbling former corner store assessed at $5,000. Price: $1.76 million.
Phyllis Weinstein remembers the property in its heyday. Her grandfather Reuben Rosenthal rented the building some 60 years ago for his Rosenthal Food Market, selling household staples such as milk, bread and eggs. The family lived upstairs. “I have so many wonderful memories as a kid,” said Weinstein, of Pikesville.
Today, the crumbling, century-old building he owned in West Baltimore is one of at least 15 properties on the city’s tax sale list that have accrued more than $1 million in debt over the past decade.
Across the city, thousands of properties are encumbered with liens for more than they’re worth. In many cases, far more.
And that makes them zombies, empty, abandoned and unattractive to developers, contributing to the blight that plagues the city.
Link in bio. (Photo by Karl Merton Ferron)