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Former Medford resident Jon Rumley has made it his mission to turn a previously derelict property into a place where residents can live in the future.
The two-story house, located at 62 Englehutt Road in Medford, was condemned by the city more than a year ago. However, Rumley said the property had been neglected for about 30 years.
“The most satisfying part about it is just taking a house that’s been neglected for 30 years and bringing it back to life and saving it from being torn down,” Rumley said.
Rumley began construction on Dec. 3, 2020. He said it was a competitive process to purchase the property as many buyers were interested in the home.
He plans to turn the property into two luxury apartments which will be put on the market, which will be let and let, with Rumley remaining the owner.
Rumley, who has been a private electrical contractor for 37 years, owns six homes in total with his family in the same neighborhood.
Rumley himself owns four in the neighborhood, two of which are currently in front of his new project.
He grew up in the same neighborhood, knowing many residents and landlords from a young age.
After entering the house, Rumley found critical issues with the house.
“The roof had been open for a few years and the right side wall of the house ([the] first and second floor) was just mold and the roof had a hole in it,” Rumley said. “So the roof and the right side wall had to be removed from the house.”
Rumley’s son Patrick assisted him in this endeavor.
A junior construction management graduate at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Patrick helps oversee the work, as he earned his construction supervisor license in October 2020.
“It kind of opened my eyes to taking on a residential project from start to finish, seeing what’s going on there, behind the scenes and how to manage it,” said Patrick Rumley.
Rumley said his son had worked with him since he was 12, working and learning in the process.
“Learning from him is nothing new,” Patrick said. “[I’m] just watching how he behaves, how he communicates with guys, how he makes decisions, that’s kind of what I’m trying to learn from him.
Rumley’s 16-year-old son also helped out a few days a week, learning the ropes from his older brother and father.
“It’s good to try to teach him what I know, to show him what happens in a hard day’s work,” Patrick said.
Both Jon and Patrick Rumley said they would be open to working on more properties in the future, with Jon mentioning he would buy another house if he found the right deal.
The property should hopefully be completed by this fall.