LIMA — Taking the first step to develop “new housing strategies” to address inadequate housing stock and blight is just one of the issues set to be voted upon during Lima City Council’s Monday night meeting.
In a written memo sent to council this past week, the city’s administration is asking council to provide the $18,400 necessary to retain a consulting firm that would assess Lima’s current stock of housing as well as provide strategies the city can undertake to improve overall housing quality and tackle the blight seen in many neighborhoods across Lima.
“While the city does currently engage in several activities that help to maintain and improve the city’s housing stock and remove blight, limited resources currently prevent undertaking more robust programs,” the memo states.
If approved, the city’s housing plan would be the second housing study developed within the last year. Greater Lima Region Inc. recently released a housing study that painted a bleak portrait for Lima’s current housing stock and recommended the construction of 400 new rental units and 120 new homes by reviewing market trends and measuring demand. While the GLR plan quantified the need for mid- to upper-income housing, the city’s plan would “address substandard housing conditions, blight in the neighborhoods and future housing needs.”
To be completed by Harsany & Associates located out of Westerville, the city’s housing plan is expected to be completed by early 2020.
Other item on city council’s agenda include:
• approving a 75% tax exemption agreement to last 12 years with T-K Sarno for the renovation of 207 S. Central Ave. for a “multi-use project which will include retail, offices and maker spaces.” The project is expected to be complete by July 2020.
• entering into agreement for contract labor to cover the duties of records clerk — a cost not to exceed $17,000.
• assigning the city’s refuse and garbage collection contract to Rumpke of Ohio Inc. Wright Refuse has asked the city to assign its interest in the contract to the company.
• contracting with two private entities — JNK Properties and Ben Larick — to push forward the remediation of two abandoned gas/services stations. The city recently offered to work with private entities to help them potentially procure $600,000 in state grants to eliminate issues caused by abandoned underground gas station tanks.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.