In an effort to showcase the valuable properties hidden among Baltimore’s 1,000 vacant buildings, the city’s housing authority recently launched a marketing campaign for a select group of historic properties owned by the city.

Coming from across the city, the 18 properties include the 1838 Upton Mansion, two former schools, two firehouses, a brick warehouse, and a one-time library. Vacant lots available for new construction and several blocks of rowhouses traditionally associated with the Vacants to Value program were also included. The sites are listed in the city's online pamphlet, which identifies lot size, location, and incentives available for redevelopment.

"I like it," said Ballard Spahr real estate attorney Jon M. Laria, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Baltimore office, of the city's strategy. "A lot of what they've done in the past is rowhouse inventory. They've chosen some buildings that have unique characteristics."

Baltimore has seen converted historic buildings serve as a catalyst for broader revitalization in the adaptive reuse of Powerplant Live and the Tide Point offices. The city will be one of five discussed in a forthcoming national report about adaptive reuse from the Partnership for Building Reuse, a collaboration of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Urban Land Institute.

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