Middlebury rebuilding from foreclosure, demolitions

Abbey Marshall and H.L. Comeriato

Summit County Land Bank Program Director Jim Davis and staff attorney Drew Reilly secure plywood over the front door at 426 McGowan St. in Akron's Middlebury neighborhood.

3rd in a three-part collection

On Oct. 12, 2020, a circle of relatives nonetheless lived at 426 McGowan St. in Akron.

In its ultimate weeks, the home loomed empty, each window an empty socket. On the second one ground, a skinny curtain waved within the wind, pulled outward via a crack within the glass. Upstairs, cigarette butts and crayons littered the ground. A notice taped to a door ripped from its hinges acted as a reminder: “No buddies over till after the weekend — Mother.”

On Jan. 12, the home used to be long past. A layer of straw coated a muddy lot instead.

“It’s unhappy,” one resident mentioned in passing as he regarded over his shoulder on the lot around the side road and walked within his house. “However you’re used to seeing it in Akron.”

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