LIMA — It was a busy night for Lima City Council, passing a number of resolutions that could change the landscape and trajectory of the city, especially when it comes to downtown.
Council officially approved an ordinance allowing the mayor to establish a Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), which will help re-purpose and redevelop Lima’s vacant properties to make them usable again. Downing Community Advisors has been selected to lead the CIC in partnership with the city.
“We’re clearly excited to be a part of this effort,” said Downing Advisors Managing Principle Phil Downing. “And we’re really excited about the prospect of being able to assist in the development of a tool or a mechanism that will move affordable housing activities and housing enjoyment in Lima forward.”
Next steps were also taken for the establishment of the long-discussed downtown amphitheater project. Council approved an ordinance to begin advertising bids for the construction of the Lima Rotary Club/Greater Lima Region Downtown Park and Amphitheater, paving the way for construction and development to begin.
“To us it was just to take a distressed part of town and revitalize it,” said Tracie Sanchez, who was president of the Lima Rotary Club when the project was first brought up in 2017. “We wanted the Rotary Club to make something else that the community can enjoy and be proud of.”
The project promises to be the main event venue for Lima’s Central Business District, with construction expected to be completed in spring in 2023.
Council also made a plea to Lima’s voters on Monday night, urging them to continue to support Lima City Schools by voting yes on the 5.99 mill renewal levy, highlighting the positives that they’ve seen in the local schools and emphasizing that voting yes would not create any new taxes.
“We have a great school. There’s people that don’t know it,” said Councillor Todd Gordon. “We’ve got awesome facilities, awesome teachers, we’ve got awesome kids. Sometimes we take a little heat from the outskirts, just like we did with the city, but this school needs this (levy).”
Councillors also encouraged residents to get out and vote on all other issues on Nov. 2.
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