1218 Maryland Ave., Lansing Owned by Richard and Daphne Merryman

    This house gives the appearance of being abandoned, but inside work is under way to bring it up to code so it can be inhabited again, thanks to owners who acquired it recently.

    Just a block from the ill-fated Ormond Park, it sits at the corner of Sheldon Avenue and Maryland. Some of its first-floor windows are boarded up, while on the second floor, some windows are broken, exposing the interior to the elements. The front steps are decrepit. The home is multicolor.

    City records show warnings were issued about weeds and trash on three occasions since July 2016. Those records also reveal the property was ordered boarded up in July and again in August.

    Daphne Merryman said the couple inherited the property four months ago and have been working to bring it up to code. The home had to be stripped to the stud walls due to neglect. Complicating the rehabilitation, she said, are vandals who have struck at least four times, knocking out windows. The couple had electricity hooked up on the property last month to help in the construction work.

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