When David and Claudia Vaughn bought the building at 231 E. Marion St. in Shelby, the place was, quite simply, a mess. The only part of the building not in complete disrepair was a Jackson-Hewitt tax office, which has been operated by a family outfit for more than 20 years.
The other half of the building had been empty for several years. The downstairs areas were flooded with up to four inches of water pooling in the floor at any given time and traces of mold were common. But to them, that was perfect.
“We love to buy something rough and ugly and fix it up,” said Claudia.
She’s not totally wrong. The couple has successfully renovated rundown homes into desirable rental properties, a feat David attributes to Claudia’s vision and his own technical ability.
The couple had hoped to pull a similar trick with their business on Marion Street. David’s original plan for building was to renovate and turn it into a pizza restaurant, something he said has…