LIMA – It has been a busy night for the Lima City Council, which has adopted a number of resolutions that could change the landscape and the trajectory of the city, especially with regard to the city center.

The council officially approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to create a community improvement corporation (CIC), which will help reallocate and redevelop vacant properties in Lima to make them usable again. Downing Community Advisors has been selected to lead CIC in partnership with the city.

“We are clearly delighted to be a part of this effort,” said Downing Advisors Managing Director Phil Downing. “And we’re really excited at the prospect of being able to help develop a tool or mechanism that will advance affordable housing activities and the enjoyment of housing in Lima.”

The next steps were also taken for the implementation of the downtown amphitheater project, discussed at length. The Council approved an ordinance to begin posting bids for the construction of the Rotary Club of Lima / Greater Lima Region downtown park and amphitheater, paving the way for the start of construction and development.

“For us, it was just about taking a distressed part of the city and revitalizing it,” said Tracie Sanchez, who was president of the Lima Rotary Club when the project started in 2017. “We wanted that. the Rotary Club is doing 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, construction of which is expected to be completed in spring 2023.

The council also appealed to voters in Lima on Monday evening, urging them to continue supporting Lima city schools by voting yes on the 5.99 vintage renewal tax, highlighting the positives they have seen. in local schools and stressing that voting yes would not create new taxes.

“We have a great school. There are people who don’t know it, ”Councilor Todd Gordon said. “We have great facilities, great teachers, we have great kids. Sometimes we take a little heat on the outskirts, like we did with the city, but this school needs that (levy).

Councilors also encouraged residents to come out and vote on all other matters on November 2.

Contact Trevor Hubert at 567-242-0398