Complex moving ahead despite Council objections

By Sam Shriver -

LIMA — Lima City Council was notified recently that the St. Mary Development Corporation intends to proceed with development of Shawnee Lofts, a project which will see up to 54 one-, two- and three-bedroom units in one residential building.

The project targets families earning up to 30, 50, 60 and 70 percent of the area median income.

Lima Council had objected to the project back in March.

“Council voted to support our recommendation which was to object to the project because of the location and because of the state criteria that actually established the location as preferential to other locations within the city and within the Lima City School District,” said Lima Mayor David Berger. “The project has received its funding commitments and what council is now receiving is a letter of notification that they are proceeding.”

Shawnee Lofts will be located at 892 S. Cable Road which is just outside the Lima corporation limits, near Chief Supermarket.

In other business:

• Council heard from Ohio Northern University Civil Engineering students concerning a study they’re working on related to vehicle conflicts and congestions at the area’s rail crossings. The Drive-Ohio Project is looking at utilizing technology to ease congestion at rail crossings across Ohio.

• Lima City Council members approved spending up to $24,000 in CARES Act money for equipment that will help them hold remote meetings including web cameras, Dell notebooks, conference room meeting hardware for the Public Works department as well as audio and video equipment for the hybrid style meetings including meetings held in Lima City Council Chambers.

• Council also approved legislation for the dedication of road right-of-way for the Hospital Intersection Improvement Project. The new right-of-way allows for the addition of a right turn lane on the east approach of the Bellefontaine Avenue and Shawnee Street intersection. Lima Memorial Health System donated the right-of-way so improvements could be made to improve the intersection.

• Council also approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lima Astronomical Society for the care and use of Schoonover Observatory. This replaces one first put in place when the observatory was put into operation back in 1965.

By Sam Shriver

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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