Council approves petitioned rezoning for potential apartment complex

LIMA — Lima City Council passed a number of measures Monday night including one that could improve housing options.

Mayor Sharetta Smith said that council approved a petition to rezone an area for residential use for the goal of constructing 20 housing units at a location on Columbia Drive on Lima’s west side.

“This will be a market-rate apartment complex that is being constructed by a private developer,” she said. “The city planning commission met and reviewed the petition to change the code. The individual already owned the property and is preparing to develop a multifamily residential unit in the area.”

The rezoning will turn the property from Class I Residential to Class III once council authorizes an ordinance to make the change official.

“We are grateful for the continued public-private partnership that continues to happen throughout the community,” Smith said. “That allows us to meet the goals of our 2019 housing assessment to be able to provide adequate quality of housing to residents.”

Council also passed ordinances to send old body cameras and equipment to the Ottoville Police Department and to authorize the mayor to apply for, receive and administer Welcome Home Ohio Grant Funds from the Ohio Department of Development.

An ordinance to allow Smith to enter into an agreement with Downtown Lima, Inc. was tabled for a second reading.

Lima City Council will meet again Feb. 5.

Anyone interested can view a copy of the rezoning petition at the office of Clerk of Council Dana Addis, located at the Lima Municipal Building on Town Square.

Reach Jacob Espinosa at 567-242-0399.