Lima OKs future development

LIMA — Tasks the City of Lima wanted to accomplish on its agenda Monday evening included new ordinances, commemorations and celebrations.

Council members passed an ordinance for a 50% tax abatement for 15 years with Sulai Hospitality, Inc.

According to the communications letter, the organization plans to transform a commercial building into an extended-stay hotel, Home2 Suites, S. Leonard Ave., Lima. The project is set to cost $8.4 million. Construction will begin on April 1 and end on Oct. 31 of 2024.

Chief of Staff Shane Coleman gave an update on the Better Together plan for the City of Lima. The Better Together program was proposed by Mayor Sharetta Smith following the input of community members. The plan was created to designate the allocation of the ARPA funding dollars.

Coleman informed council members of the many projects that are underway through the use of federal funding.

“We thought it was important to touch upon the progress; there are some activities that have happened in the past year and a lot of activities that are coming,” said Coleman. “Last year around this time the mayor and the city staff embarked upon the public participation process. The city created surveys to try and figure out ways for the ARPA funds to be allocated in the city.”

Coleman said the city focused on several categories: safe and livable neighborhoods, job creation and economic development, maintaining city services, youth recreation and parks and quality/affordable housing.

Coleman added many projects are underway including the Lima Aquatic Center, GenNext Youth program, demolitions throughout the city and much more.

In addition to the approval of several ordinances, council members approved a resolution to congratulate the Lima Central Catholic boys football team for a successful season. The team participated in the Division VII State Semi-Finals, finishing the season at 10-5.

“This is an incredible accomplishment,” said Seventh Ward council member Jon Neeper. “You all fought adversity toward the beginning of the season. I know it is hard to find competitive games. You all exemplified discipline, dedication, determination and teamwork. I want to applaud you all for that.”

Council members also approved a resolution to celebrate the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1887. The organization celebrated its 135th anniversary in 2022. Smith weighed in on the resolution to thank President Jed Metzger.

“I want to congratulate both Jed and the Chamber for over 135 years of service,” said Smith. “Thank you, Jed, for your leadership and for always being willing to step up — through whatever endeavor. I appreciate what you do for the City of Lima.”

Reach Precious Grundy at 567-242-0351.