Earlier this year, photographer Johnny Joo
Johnny Joo, Architectural Afterlife
took us inside Mike Tyson's abandoned mansion in Southington, Ohio, which has stood vacant for years after the boxer faced financial setbacks and ultimately declared bankruptcy on the 22,000 square foot digs.
Eventually, the property was sold to Trumball County developers who are currently in the process of transitioning the grounds into a church. WKYC
talked to the folks heading up project and even got a peek inside:
Since Joo's photographs went viral, [Nick Dejacimo, Co-Pastor at the Living Word Sanctuary] has been flooded with inquiries from around the world about the one-time estate of Iron Mike. Dejacimo understands the curiosity surrounding the larger than life man who once lived at the property. But a larger "purpose driven" live is what the pastor sees before him. "People are searching for answer and the answer is Jesus Christ. And if this in anyway can give people an opportunity to come to church, meet Jesus Christ and learn Godly principles, we felt it was worthwhile to do this," Dejacimo said.
Transformations are already well underway, Dejacimo told WKYC. "We have totally re-landscaped the place. We've opened up those paths, cleaned up the basketball courts, redone all the roofs on all the buildings and shored them up. Painted the place. We have temporary electric and we are moving on," he said.
There's no finish-date in place yet and quite a bit more to be done, though Dejacimo said he plans to hold Christmas services in Mike's manor and would even welcome the former fighter back as a guest of honor, should he be inclined.
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