Lima to bid on former Roxy Bar lot

By Mackenzi Klemann - [email protected]

LIMA — Lima Council motioned on Monday to allow the city to purchase a N. Elizabeth Street lot that was once home to Roxy Food & Spirits, which was demolished in 2020 after a fire destroyed the 100-year-old property.

The city is expected to bid on the property at 122 N. Elizabeth St., in an upcoming sheriff’s sale to protect its interests, as the lot has developmental potential.

Council has also set a public hearing for 7 p.m. June 13 regarding a petition to rezone a portion of the northeast corner of Eureka Street and Calumet Avenue.

Developer Michael Blass, owner of Creating Comfort Rentals, intends to convert several vacant single-family lots into a 24-unit apartment complex, according to a report provided by the City Planning Commission.

Creating Comfort Rentals already owns the lots considered for rezoning and an apartment complex across the street — the model for the proposed apartments.

The request was heard by the City Planning Commission earlier this month and will now proceed to public hearing.

Other items approved by Council on Monday:

• First reading of an ordinance amending the 2022 budget, reducing capital appropriations by $4,000 and transferring $174,833 from miscellaneous capital reserve to purchase three police cruisers and a speed alert sign for the Lima Police Department;

• First reading of an ordinance to increase pay range for the utilities operations manager;

• First reading of an ordinance authorizing the mayor to purchase portable radios for the Lima Police Department.

By Mackenzi Klemann

[email protected]

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