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Vacants to Value Works to Improve Safety in the Oliver Community

BALTIMORE, MD (April 22, 2013) - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano joined Councilman Carl Stokes, community leaders, and residents of the Oliver community to demolish properties in the 1500 block of E. Lanvale Street. Baltimore Housing worked closely with Zion Baptist Church and members of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) to tear down the properties, which had become a drug and crime nuisance.

"Today's demolition further demonstrates our commitment to

eliminating blight in every neighborhood," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "This is a victory for Oliver, and a reminder that by working together we can make every community better, safer, and stronger."

This Vacants to Value demolition is a public safety effort that decreases opportunity for drug and criminal activity in this small neighborhood. The demolition will help support investments that developers are making in the Oliver community and promote safety for current and new residents. It will also further the mayor's goal of growing Baltimore by 10,000 families in the next decade. Under the Vacants to Value initiative, vacant properties have decreased by more than 25% within the Oliver community.

"We want communities to know that we are on their side," said Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano. "Vacants to Value is a necessary tool for us to make communities safer and encourage investment in this great city."

Launched in November of 2010, Mayor Rawlings-Blake's Vacants to Value initiative seeks to encourage reinvestment in neighborhoods impacted by blighted properties by strengthening code enforcement, promoting rehabilitation, streamlining the sale of vacant city property, and by providing new, targeted incentives for homebuyers and developers who invest in vacant properties.

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