Community bands together, buys Akron vet a new home

1:31 PM, Mar 31, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON, Ohio -- An Akron Army veteran will soon move into a new home after losing his property in a battle with the city.

He was handed the keys to his new home Saturday, thanks to dozens of strangers.

The humble home on Kellogg Street in Akron may not seem like much to some, but to Larry Modic, it means everything.

Last month, the Army veteran lost his greatest fight -- over his former home.

Modic bought the home on Manchester on short sale for $10,000. Little did he know, the home was cited for several housing violations and was slated for demolition.

Despite a community and social media campaign to save the home, and Modic's own arrest as he tried to stop the wrecking ball, it took just a half hour for his world to be torn down.

News of Modic's fight got the attention of State Representative Zack Mikovich, who helped lead an effort to raise thousands of dollars to help Modic buy a new home.

Those efforts led to the heart-warming moment when Modic first got to hold the keys to a new home.

Sure, there's work that needs to be done, but if home is where the heart is, then his new house is home sweet home.

Modic says he wants to run for city council, so he can help others the same way others have helped him.

His story also launched a city effort to enact new rules, forcing owners to disclose any housing violations to potential buyers.


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