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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Success through code compliance: How a Jackson couple took extra steps to restore historic home

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The removal of decades-old siding is bringing a beautiful home on Jackson’s east side back to life.  “I am just glad it is going to be done the way we want it,” said Property Owner Chris Parker.  

When it was inspected in fall 2017, inspectors from the City of Jackson found deteriorating siding on the three-unit house on Chapin Street. Faced with repairing the outdated asphalt siding, Parker and his partner, Brenda Koveleski, decided to take things a step further by removing all of the siding. That’s when they made a big discovery.  

“I was very surprised with the condition it was in,” Parker said.

Since then, they have been working hard to lovingly restore the 100-year-old home to its former glory by repairing its natural wood features and painting fresh colors that brighten the neighborhood. Parker hopes this will increase the home’s value and set an example.

“I am hoping it will show the rest of the people in this neighborhood how things can be done once you put your mind to something,” Parker said.

With the restoration nearly complete one year later, the couple is glad they put in the extra effort. They say the City’s code enforcement team helped push them in the right direction. “I think being code compliant and being compliant with the City inspectors has built a rapport that helped me get this the way it is,” Parker said.

Code enforcement officers have been watching the progress and are very impressed with the energy this couple is putting into the property.

“They have kept an amazingly positive attitude, and they went above and beyond the basic requirement of the ordinance. That is fantastic to see,” said Senior Code Enforcement Officer Shane LaPorte.

LaPorte says the mission of code enforcement is to keep the community healthy and safe. While City employees work hard to make that a reality, it’s collaboration from property owners that truly make a vibrant community.

“This project that Chris and Brenda took on is a great of example of how working with code enforcement and collaborating together toward solutions can help improve an entire neighborhood,” LaPorte said.  

As more siding comes off, Parker and Koveleski are satisfied knowing they are part of the solution to improving Jackson.

“No one wants to live in a rundown area. Nobody wants to live in a rundown city. So we put ourselves in this situation to better our area. You better your area, you will take care of your property and feel better about it,” Parker said.

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