paul t. graziano

Jan 5, 2016

Settlement reached in Baltimore sex-for-repairs case

A settlement was reached Monday in a lawsuit that accused maintenance workers in Baltimore of demanding sex from at least 19 women in exchange for basic repairs at public housing units, representatives for both sides of the case said. The city’s housing authority and a lawyer representing the women confirmed that they’d reached the agreement […]

Jan 7, 2013

Baltimore launches homeowner down-payment program

Baltimore is one of 20 U.S. cities to start a new program that aims to distribute $4.5 million in grants for new city homeowners to use as down-payments.

Jul 19, 2012

Maryland home sales, median prices on the rise

Home sales and median prices are on the rise in Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday, marking the fifth consecutive month of increased home sales statewide and the fourth consecutive month of increased values.

Jun 14, 2012

Tremont Plaza to become Embassy Suites

The Hilton-owned Embassy Suites Hotels chain will soon hoist its logo on a downtown Baltimore landmark: The Tremont Plaza Hotel. Sources say the changeover at the 45-year-old hotel will occur this month. The 390-suite Tremont Plaza was to be converted into apartments, its owner William C. Smith + Co. of Washington, D.C. said in January. […]

Feb 3, 2012

Row house collapses in Johnston Square

A lone insurance adjuster stood by what was left of a dilapidated row house in Johnston Square Thursday morning, taking photos for what certainly will be an upcoming claim. The address in ruins was in the 800 block of E. Preston Street, just south of the historic Greenmount Cemetery. It was part of a $5.3 […]

Jan 19, 2012

Lead-paint verdict against HABC overturned on appeal

The $2.5 million lead-paint verdict that spurred a move to seize and auction vehicles owned by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City was reversed on appeal Thursday afternoon. The Court of Special Appeals said the case should never have gone to trial because the brother-and-sister plaintiffs, Antonio Fulgham and Brittany McCutcheon, waited too long to […]

Sep 27, 2011

Residents near EBDI protest plunging values

A group of residents who live just outside the footprint of the 88-acre East Baltimore Development Inc. project say their home values have plunged as uncertainty over the future of the low-income community and widespread blight have taken hold of their neighborhood. Residents who live on streets such as Chase, Chester, and Biddle, and North […]

Jun 24, 2011

Melody Simmons’ real estate notebook, 6/24/11

Have you noticed “CODE X-RAY” on Baltimore’s streets? No, it’s not an alien invasion or early signs of the zombie apocalypse. It’s a new program by the Baltimore City Fire Department to warn firefighters that certain dwellings are vacant and unstable. Chief Kevin Cartwright, director of communication for the department, said these structures bear a […]

Apr 26, 2011

Baltimore vacants program has yielded 1 home sale

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s nearly 6-month-old Vacants to Value initiative has resulted in one sale of a vacant city home, a three-story shell located in Upton, Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano said Tuesday. The program, announced by the mayor in November 2010, has its own marketing push, a website and a Facebook page, and has […]

Jan 30, 2011

Daily Record investigation: Elected officials short on financial details

Until recently, the last time an elected official raised any serious questions about the public funding of The New East Baltimore project was in 2003, when it was just getting started. Hattie Harrison, a longtime state delegate from East Baltimore, wrote a letter to city housing commissioner Paul T. Graziano, raising questions about the city’s […]

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