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What's Going on at Buttermilk Hill Tavern?

The property went to auction in July, and now cars are being offered for sale in the parking lot.

Approximately 20 cars sit on an empty lot on Route 1 by the former Buttermilk Hill Tavern, and two men stationed in a van said the cars were for sale.

However, it remains unclear who was the winning bidder when the tavern property at 6100 Washington Blvd. was offered at auction in July or whether that deal even closed.

The property, which is zoned for restaurant/commercial development, sold at auction in July with a winning bid of $500,000. However, the bidder did not wish to be identified at the auction, and the auctioneer declined to comment on Sept. 28 on whether the deal went through after cars started rolling onto the lot in front of the tavern.

As of Oct. 1, the property had not changed hands, according to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.  The property still belongs to an auto company in Silver Spring that has owned it since 2011.

The two men who were parked in a van on the lot Monday declined to identify themselves or the business they represented but did say that they were selling cars. A phone number on the vehicles parked on the lot goes to M. Gordon Auto Sales, Inc., which has offices on Montevideo Road in Jessup and in Chambersburg, PA.

The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits for Howard County said that as of Sept. 28, it had not received any applications related to the property at 6100 Washington Blvd.

TM October 01, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Cars? How about junk scrap metal! What an eyesore. That property cant be used as a junk yard. HoCo will put an end to that soon
djp952 October 02, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Such is life in the fifth richest county in the U.S.A. Just imagine what it must be like everywhere else! I think they must have transmissions hanging from trees on their roadsides! :+)
David Parkison October 02, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Caption on this story should read " The buttermilk junk and scrap yard"
Paul D October 02, 2012 at 12:37 PM
What? 2 guys selling cars out of a van...and they decline to identify themselves or the company they're working for? Sure sounds legit. Elizabeth, if you haven't already, can you please forward this info to HOCO police...i will as well. I moved to this area about 7 years ago with high hopes that the route 1 corridor in Elkridge would turn around....seems like it's going backwards...i was naive.
LF October 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
It is a violation of Maryland Transportation Motor Vehicle Law to operate a car dealership without a license. It doesn't matter that someone may have a license for another location. The Buttermilk Tavern location must be renovated, identified as a dealership with signs, inspected by an MVA Consumer Services Investigator and have a posted license for this location. In addition, the salesmen must have licenses to sell cars. This should be immediately reported to the police. I'll watch for updates, and if it's not reported, I'll phone it in.
number9dream October 02, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Seven years ago? In Elkridge? Ouch. That was a bad investment. You must be underwater by a pretty penny.
Chillin October 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Good investigation by Ms. Janney.
Christopher George Dick October 03, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Paul I have Lived on Rt.1 for 26 years and i can tell you it was not this bad until about 9 years ago.
Paul D October 04, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I filed a complaint with HOCO police department...they assured me they would check it out.
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Patch requested information about this matter from police and planning/zoning officials; we have not been given any information or indication that anything is being done as of close of business Wednesday.
S.S. in Elkridge October 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Cars still there and shells of cars are still there. I hope they are removed soon! What an eyesore.
S.S. in Elkridge October 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Cars still there and shells of cars are still there. I hope they are removed soon! What an eyesore.
Halethorpe Improvement Association October 05, 2012 at 03:48 AM
We are not familiar with the Howard Co. process for dealing with a situation like this, but in Baltimore County the Bureau of Code Enforcement in the Zoning Dept. would address the issue. Howard Co. surely has a similar department. It sounds like you are on the right road. You may want to contact the Greater Elkridge Community Association for assistance, because they probably have much experience in navigating the proper channels. Good luck
Adam R October 05, 2012 at 11:18 AM
The junk yard across from Troy Hill has had a crusty old graffiti painted Winnebago almost on RT 1 since 1995. This is an eyesore and no one from the County has ever done anything about it. A home on Augustine Ave has no siding and scaffolding erected like they are going to fix it since 2000. Both County violations. They don't have an HOA in that neighborhood to monitor so the eyesore has been allowed. I would hope the County property assessment team which visits all homes every three years would make a note and get someone involved. Still I wait for the clean up. There are many issues like these in Elkridge, and these are not tolerated in the Columbia and Ellicott City areas of Howard County. Elkridge is second class in Howard County and will be until the community says enough and forces property owners to take care of their business.
king of elkridge October 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Adam R. nails it - too include so much more that needs to be cleaned up on Rt. 1. That war-zone next to the fencing company is nice: junk yard that includes fire engines, a boat, truck trailers, telephone poles - lumber. There's probably more if you look closer. The temporary market across from Troy Hill: not bad - but then I started seeing a sign that said KNIVES - great! Get your knives at the fruit stand - then head up to the Pawn Shop and get your guns. Ken Ulman needs to spend some time in RIDGE - and clean up Rt. 1 where it needs it. The best improvement in years on Rt. 1 has been the recent addition of beer on tap at Daniels.
Diane October 05, 2012 at 01:30 PM
We DON'T need an HOA. I have lived on this street for 25 years and we have done just fine without an HOA telling us what to do. Most people respect and take care of their property. Maybe its time for the county to step in. I agree the house is an eyesore, its been that way over 25 years. Even if the people don't have the money to fix it up, it would be a great improvement if they would just clean up the mess. Maybe they would accept some help from volunteers.
Geoff Pickett October 08, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Drove by this morning on my way to work and noticed that there were more cars piling up in the corner.
Robert Judge October 08, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I saw some notices posted on the wrecked vehicles this morning. I am hoping these are notices that the cars must be removed asap.
Cheryl Claycomb October 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
When I drove by this morning they were putting up a privacy fence. Will they still have to clean it up, or are they just going to hide it? We don't need another used car / junk lot in Elkridge.
Diane October 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I agree, Elkridge is a nice area, and we sure don't want to be labled as The Elkridge junk yard. Lets hope these people move on or Howard County steps in with fines. What and eyesore to our area.
David Parkison October 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Privacy fence and an old truck being used as a gate. How is it the the zoning board or license bureau is letting this happen. We survey don't need or want another junk yard on rt. 1 especially @ the "entrance" to Elkridge. Something needs to be done!

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