Downtown building to be demolished

S. Main in danger of collapsing

By Sam Shriver -

LIMA — A longtime vacant downtown building is heading for demolition following Lima City Council action Monday night.

The building is located at 705 S. Main St., just south of Marko’s Sports and Spirits.

“We have been concerned about the building for some years and we have put the owner of record on notice that the building needed to be either repaired or demolished,” said Howard Elstro, public works director for the City of Lima.

“This past couple of weeks we noticed a significant bulge in the upper portions of the north wall indicating that the building is unstable and needs to be demolished,” Elstro said. “With the owner not being responsible, it is the obligation of the city to come in and abate the nuisance, abate the danger so we have gone out to bid. We have found a contractor that has provided a fair and affordable price to demolish the building and we will be proceeding with that as soon as we can get contracts signed.”

Council also approved contracts for additional training of Lima police.

Part of the training deals with changes in how police deal with dangerous situations that might require use of force.

“It’s really about de-escalation to help prevent the need for use of force,” said Kevin Martin, Lima Police Chief. “Certainly law enforcement is recognizing, across the country, that something is needed to try to find better ways of doing things. Society’s expectations are changing and policing has to adapt to change along with that.”

The contract with Steve Ijames is worth $21,750 and will be paid through State Forfeiture Funds.

Council recently applied for HOME and Community Development Block Grant funds and on Monday. It entered into several contracts with entities that had requested the funds.

Receiving HOME funds are New Lima-Housing for the Future, Inc. who will be getting $229,665 of those funds for Housing Property Maintenance Training, Housing Counseling Administrative Support, CHDO Operating Funds and the Spring Street Lofts.

WOCAP will be getting $161,432 in HOME funding for First Home Lima Downpayment / Closing Assistance.

WOCAP will also be getting $69,392 in CDBG funds for Housing counseling Services and Fair Housing Services.

Rhodes State College will get $8,636 in CDBG funds for the Career Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing program.

The Bradfield Community Center will receive $69,629 in CDBG funds for a Senior & Youth Health and Wellness Program.

Urban Impact Ohio will receive $30,000 for the Micro Enterprise Program Start Up Lab.

In other business city council:

• Entered into a contract with the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center for management of the Market Street Parking Garage.

• Added the position of cashier in the customer service division of the Department of Utilities.

• Raised the pay of the crime prevention aide in the Police Department.

• Appointed Marva Cowan to the Allen County Board of Health

Council also passed resolutions honoring the late Henry Wallen and the late Lawrence Huffman.

Wallen was active in the community serving as volunteer vice president of the Midway East Neighborhood Association, while Huffman was a prominent Lima attorney who was admitted to the United States Supreme Court to be heard on a case of major consequence to the citizens of Allen County.
S. Main in danger of collapsing

By Sam Shriver

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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