The shotgun house on Campbell Street we told you was scheduled for demolition back in October is safe… for now. A tipster tells us the property owner was denied a demolition permit at a Butchertown Landmarks meeting and must fix up the property.
The owner of the house has apparently been trying to assemble a large, vacant plot of land to sell, and finally the Butchertown neighborhood has caught on to the scheme. Five other houses weren’t so lucky, however. Above, you can see the property that was demolished by the same owner (The white shotgun house that was saved is hiding behind the trees). All of the property sits just north of the floodwall, but several wood and brick shotgun houses still cling to survival in this overlooked corner of Butchertown.
It’s unclear what will actually become of the house. It is currently in terrible condition and would require a significant renovation to become habitable. The PVA assesses the property at just over $20,000. The owners also operate a junk yard in Butchertown, just off Mellwood Avenue. A picture of the site is below.
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Score one for the neighborhood! It seems as if these people are one of the parties responsible for the destruction of Butchertown. I say seize the property via imminent domain and hand it over to a developer that will not only restore the house, but also rebuild the five other houses that were destroyed in the same architectural style as the rest of the neighborhood.