Housing study to be presented at council meeting


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



LIMA — The City of Lima’s recently completed housing study will be presented publicly for the first time Monday night at Lima’s City Council meeting.

The 70-page document — commissioned back in July by the City of Lima for $18,400 to develop new housing strategies — features both quantitative and qualitative analyses of the city’s current housing stock and delivers a number of recommendations to see what can be done to tackle aged housing and blight.

“Lima has much to offer its citizens as a central hub of business and culture for the area,” the study reads. “In an age of change and new opportunities, a project like this can bring real value to the city by providing guidance to those seeking to improve housing opportunities, strengthen neighborhoods, improve city capacity and reach, better target and leverage resources, and undertake strategic decision-making.”

Greater Lima Region Inc. had commissioned a similar study last year that primarily examined housing from a developer’s perspective. The city’s study, completed by Harsany & Associates LLC, uses some of the same data, but Harsany’s findings are tailored for a wider perspective.

For example, the study not only puts a number to the housing demand in the city, but it also notes the housing situation for low-income, disabled and younger populations and how Lima’s housing stock influenced many in the area to leave the city in order to find adequate housing in abutting townships and the region’s smaller population centers.

Housing solutions are also featured in the study. A total of 21 recommendations along with related action items and timelines are listed over 10 pages, which gives Lima City Council an extensive list to choose from if its councilors decide to pursue housing initiatives.

City council, however, isn’t the only player responsible for improving Lima’s housing stock. A number of recommendations rely on outside agencies and the wider community pushing initiatives forward.

Lima council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers at the Lima Municipal Center, 50 Town Square. The public is invited to attend.

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By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews.com

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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