BALTIMORE (AP) — A vacant Baltimore rowhouse where police say a 13-year-old girl was raped has undergone an extensive rehabilitation.

The work on the East Baltimore block is part of a broader city-led effort to refurbish the street. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has created a program, Vacants to Value, to address the city’s more than 16,000 vacant houses.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the city gave responsibility for four investor-owned vacant lots to a single developer, Keith French. He says he’s spending up to $100,000 to rehab each house. He plans to start fixing a fifth
vacant house.

The homes include the one where a girl was sexually assaulted last October. Alvin Ray Wright is scheduled to stand trial later this summer. His lawyer says he’s looking forward to defending the case.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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