LIMA — Two more downtown properties have gotten the demolition treatment this week in order to prepare space for a Allen County Regional Transit Authority parking lot.
Elliot Rankin, ACRTA marketing and media manager, said the organization’s board made the decision to use roughly $1 million in federal grant capital investment dollars — awarded to the ACRTA in 2017 — to purchase the lots and convert them into parking spaces to create additional business efficiencies for the transit authority by eliminating the need for rent out space for its fleet of vehicles.
By creating its own lot, the ACRTA will be able to save those funds while leasing out space to a nearby apartment building, Rankin said.
The parking lot will cover roughly half a city block. The design also calls for a portion of greenspace, an awning similar to the awning next to the ACRTA building, lighting and a perimeter fence.
Rankin said demolition of the two buildings, located 235 N. Central Ave. and 232 N. Union St., were complicated due to housing former laundry and printing businesses. More specifically, environmental inspectors encountered an underground tank on the site that most likely held laundry chemicals at one time.
The project is expected to be completed by summer 2020. A groundbreaking of the project is currently on hold as the space is adequately prepped for construction.
“It’s nice to be able to bring back some of our federal tax dollars into the community,“ Rankin said in a press release.
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