MIDDLE RIVER, Md. - The former location of Charlotte’s Bar on Pulaski Highway was demolished Monday after years of deterioration and community complaints, Baltimore County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins announced.
The building was vacant for a number of years, attracting graffiti and illegal dumping that Middle River residents and community leaders called an “eyesore.”
The complaints prompted Bevins to address code violations with county officials and plan the property’s cleanup and demolition.
Despite the building’s unsightly appearance, however, officials in Baltimore County’s Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections indicated that the building was structurally stable, and therefore could not be condemned.
Still, with citations for code violations, Baltimore County hired a contractor to remove the trash and debris, cut the grass, secure the building and paint the exterior.
“Still, it just kept getting worse, and as long as the owner continued to neglect his responsibility to maintain the property, it was going to be an eyesore, and a target for vandalism,” Bevins said in a statement. “My communities deserve better, so we fled complaints and reported them over and over again.”
When a rear portion of the roof and rear wall of the building collapsed, Bevins immediately requested a re-inspection from the county administration. That investigation determined that the building was unsafe, and a judge issued an order to raze the building.
“I know how important this was to the neighborhood. It has been in disrepair for the better part of the last decade, so when the community asked for my help, I made it my priority, and I am thrilled we can finally say goodbye to this blight on this community,” Bevins said.