LIMA — Demolition of downtown buildings will begin Monday, clearing the way for the site of the Lima Rotary Club Community Stage and Park.
The property being cleared extends from Spring Street to Elm Street and is bounded by Union Street on the east and the backs of the Main Street buildings on the west
Construction of the $2.2 million amphitheater and park is expected to begin in 2020, according to a press release from the Rotary Club. The 800-seat amphitheater will feature a sloped AstroTurf lawn with a wind/rain canopy over the audience area. South of the amphitheater will be a large park for community use with space for the YMCA and other organizations to hold classes and events.
The existing Sonntag building on Union Street will potentially be renovated for use as restrooms and storage.
The excavation of the buildings will be done by Sawyer Excavating and is expected to take two weeks. Once the buildings are removed, topsoil will be spread over the site and grass seed will be planted to make a green space in downtown Lima.
During the regular Rotary Club meeting on Sept. 16, committee members will give an update on the progress of the project. Immediately following the meeting, club members will walk to the amphitheater site and demolition will begin.