Repairs to Akron’s Park House at Roland Park could cost $24,000 | Community News

When: Akron City Council meeting, June 27.

What happened: Renovating the historic Park House property in Loyd Roland Park could cost around $24,000, the council has heard. The estimate was submitted by Prime Home Contracting of Lancaster.

Details: The renovations would cover the installation of 12 vinyl windows, metal porch ceilings, fascia, gutters and porch sheathing. Other recommendations include replacing the back porch posts and railing sections, as well as replacing the electrical panel.

Reaction: Council Chairman Nathan Imhoff said he would like to see the more detailed estimate. Council Member Kleon Zimmerman expressed concern with the type of windows used in the specification. Deputy Borough Manager Sean Molchany defended the proposed offer through a COSTARS supplier. COSTARS is a statewide program designed to reduce costs for municipalities. Board member Paul Swangren said: “It gives us good information and it gives us a ballpark figure.

And after: Imhoff led the council’s parks and properties committee to review the project and make recommendations to the full council.

History lesson: Park House was built in 1724 and was more recently known as Clayton Wenger Bond Springs Farm. Wenger ran a bottled water business on the farm, which included a spring. Purchased by Akron in 1951, the house has since been a rental property. The house rents for $900 per month, a rate that has been stable for several years. Tenants were told earlier this year that rent would increase by $150 to $1,050 per month. Additionally, there will be another $150 rent increase in 2023. The tenants responded with a letter asking for relief from the increase, saying it was more than they could afford.

Other business: The council discussed creating an ordinance to protect animals cruelly subjected to extreme weather conditions by their owners. “We’re going to enforce it,” said West Earl Township Police Chief Eric Higgins, whose officers patrol Akron. “I’m just giving you an idea in advance of how difficult the prosecution is.” Higgins said he didn’t have the personnel that would allow an officer to monitor the National Weather Service for severe weather, or the ability to house impounded animals. “It’s very, very expensive to house these animals in a shelter.”

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