Lima council approves tax abatement for Ohio Theatre

By Sam Shriver -

LIMA — The new owner of the Ohio Theatre is getting a tax break, thanks to Lima City Council.

On Monday night, the council approved a 12 year 50% property tax abatement for the property at 122 W. North St. in Lima.

The new owner, PLAYWITHYOURFOOD LLC, wants to invest $845,000 to renovate the Ohio Theatre and make it into a dinner theater venue, bakery/cafe, catering venue and bar.

Repairs are needed to the roof, plaster, paint, carpeting and fabrics. New electrical, plumbing and gas lines will also be needed, and the HVAC system will need upgraded. A commercial kitchen will also need to be built.

According to a letter to city council from Susan Crotty, director of the department of community development, the project will create a minimum of 10 permanent full-time jobs and 35 part-time jobs at the site when construction is complete. The construction is expected to begin June 1 and be completed by Dec. 15.

Because the request is for an abatement of 50% of taxes on the increase in value, school district approval of the requested abatement is not required.

In other business:

• Council adopted a resolution memorializing the late Daryl Styer. Styer was the former fire chief of Perry Township who died Jan. 7.

“Daryl exemplified service,” said Jon Neeper, 7th Ward councilor. “He had a passion for what he did to help people — teach people. When you go to that extent, it’s not a job, it’s your passion.”

Daryl’s wife Pam showed her appreciation for the resolution.

“I just want to thank you for honoring him. He loved this; it wasn’t a job to him. It was his life,” Pam Styer said.

By Sam Shriver

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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