CONRAD BOTZUM FARMSTEAD 3486 Riverview Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County,
Situated on a plateau enveloped by wooded valley walls, this farmstead conveys
a feeling of self-containment. The property available for lease includes a
1906 farmhouse, numerous outbuildings, and approximately 1,500 square feet of
living space. Outbuildings include two nineteenth century bank barns, a
summer kitchen, a privy, a spring hosue and a machine shed. These buildings
and the open field (approximately 14 acres) all contribute to create a
turn-of-the-century agraian setting.
MICHAEL DUFFY FARMSTEAD 4965 Quick Road, Boston Township, Summit County,
Set along a rural road, this farmstead is a picturesque and historic landscape
which evokes a sense of the past. The property available for lease includes
an 1872 historic house, several outbuildings, a 1936 nonhistoric house, and an
11 acre open field. The wood frame historic house, a 1,500 square foot
residence, incorporates modest Victorian detailing. The nonhistoric house
contains approximately 2,000 square feet of living space. Outbuildings
include a nineteenth century bank barn, a fruit stand, chicken house, and
two privies. Collectively, the historic buildings and the open field
constitutes a relatively rare example of a vernacular farmstead reflective of
the agricultural evolution in the valley.
Both farmsteads require substantial rehabiliation. While this work is to be
the responsibility of the respective lessee, lease payments to the Government
(fair market rental value) are offset by the value of improvements funded by
the lessee. To ensure that the historic and architectural values are
respected, the National Park Service has established guidelines that the
lessee must follow and retains approval authority over the rehabiliaiton
and maintenance of the buildings and grounds. If the proposed use of the
property is income-producing or commerical, the expenses incurred by the
lessee may be eligible for the Rehabiliation Investment Tax Credit. The
lengths of long-term leases established under this program are negotiable.
While all responsive proposals will be considered, the National Park Service
encourages proposals that offer some linkage with the mission of the park.
Preferential consideration will be given to proposals which provide for
cultivation of the associated fields or those that involve other uses which
will maintain the open fields, such as the pasturing of livestock.
Fields associated with the farmsteads have been tested by the Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center. Agronomic standard soil,
organic matter, and heavy metal test results indicates acceptable
levels of PH, organic matter, and heavy metals for potential Ohio Ecological
Food and Farmers Association (OEFFA) organic certification.
Information on these offerings is available in the REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
1443RP616096004. A copy of the request may be obtained by contacting
Historical Architect, Paulette Oswick at (216)546-5973.