LIMA — Lima City Council took steps Monday night for the city to take over the Lima Rotary Club’s downtown amphitheater facility.
Council gave Mayor David Berger permission to enter into a contract with the Veterans Memorial Civic Center and the Lima Rotary Club to accept land for the development of the Greater Lima Region Amphitheater and Park and the long-term operation and maintenance of the amphitheater facility.
Under the plan, the entire park is turned over to the City of Lima, and the Veterans Memorial Civic Center will handle the programming for the venue.
“This project is an exciting opportunity to continue the revitalization efforts of downtown Lima and further stimulate economic development and investment in our community,” Howard Elstro, director of public works for the City of Lima, wrote in a letter to council.
Council also approved legislation that will allow Berger to apply for, accept and expend funds from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission Cultural Facilities Grant Program to build the Greater Lima Region Amphitheater and Park.
In a separate letter to council, Elstro indicated the project is a positive one for the city of Lima.
“The purpose of this grant is to help bolster community development and provide economic stimulus by creating jobs, encouraging consumer spending, serving as tourist attractions, providing children with creative learning experiences that greatly benefit the educational process and contributing to a higher quality of life for Ohioans,” Elstro wrote in his letter.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.