Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George's County Launches Property Standards Anti-Blight Plan

For Immediate Release: 5/16/2013 2:00 PM

Contact: Linda Lowe / (301) 883-5952

Twenty-five point plan released amid backdrop at house demolition site

LARGO, MD – On Wednesday, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, and Prince George’s County Council Chair, Andrea Harrison, along with Department of Environmental Resources (DER) Acting Director Adam Ortiz and other County officials, formally announced the launch of the Property Standards Reform Action Plan; a 25-point agenda outlining code enforcement services designed to enforce the County Code and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. The five-part action plan addresses key areas that include policy, operations, management, staff, and technology and equipment.

“Few functions of the Prince George’s County Government are as critical to our quality of life as our code enforcement programs,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “This plan was developed collaboratively with the County Council, County employees, municipal officials, engaged residents, and civic and homeowners associations as well as the business community. It will result in more effective and efficient service of our government for all who live, work, and invest in Prince George’s County.”

County Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison (D) – District 5, “Vacant and blighted property has a debilitating effect on communities and the welfare of our residents. The Department of Environmental Resources’ 25- point plan provides solutions to help rid our neighborhoods of blighted houses, and prepares communities to share in the renaissance taking place across Prince George’s County.”

DER Acting Director Adam Ortiz also added that the plan reflects the high standards that our community stakeholders pay for, expect and deserve. This initiative is about the standards we see every day. By ramping up demolitions of blighted properties, holding property owners accountable and bringing illegal businesses into line we will restore home values and attract the people and investment we need in our County” he said.

The event took place amid the backdrop of a house demolition located at 7003 Hawthorne Street in Landover, a neighborhood within the County Executive’s Transforming Neighborhood Initiative of Kentland/Palmer Park. The abandoned property had received numerous violations and had been cited by DER over many years, resulting in the Department exercising its legal authority to have the property demolished.

In July 2013, PSD is slated to move to the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE).

For more information on the Property Standards Reform Action Plan, click here.

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DER acting director Adam Ortiz addresses crowd at launch of Anti-Blight Reform Plan.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, County Councilmembers Andrea Harrison, District 5 and Mary Lehman, District 1 and other government officials pose with happy community residents.

Community blight in Kentland/Palmer Park neighborhood is torn down.