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From the 5/5/06 Lima News:

 

 

P&G moving dirt, hiring for new warehouse

By HEATHER RUTZ

05/05/2006

hrutz@limanews.com

 

BATH TOWNSHIP — Nine new employees at Procter & Gamble started work Monday, training for the company’s warehouse and distribution center, now under construction.  The movement comes as Bath schools and Bath Township trustees have approved an enterprise zone agreement for the project, giving the company a 50 percent abatement on real estate taxes for 15 years.  The Allen County commissioners are expected to give final approval next week.

 

The company will eventually employ 50 full-time new employees at the new facility and at least 200 full-time contracted employees provided by a third party, according to the enterprise zone agreement.  Those new jobs will add $8 million in new payroll.  P&G plans a $100 million investment for the 1.2 million-square-foot facility. Construction crews have begun dirt work at the site, about a mile east of the company’s plant on Reservoir Road. 

 

http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=25421

 

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From the 5/9/06 Lima News:

 

New tower ahead of schedule

By TIM RAUSCH

05/09/2006

trausch@limanews.com

 

LIMA — Allen County’s largest employer should be using its new patient tower six months earlier than expected.  St. Rita’s Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jim Reber told the Lima Rotary Club Monday that the $130 million expansion project in on budget and ahead of schedule.  “Since everything has been going well, except for a little bit of weather in December, we plan to open the lobby and the lower level in June 2007,” Reber said.  The original date to move into the nine-story tower was January 2008.

 

Full story at http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=25533

 

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From the 5/17/06 Lima News:

 

 

P&G spends $2.7 million for private road land

By HEATHER RUTZ

05/17/2006

hrutz@limanews.com

 

BATH TOWNSHIP — Procter & Gamble has paid more than $2.7 million for land for the company’s private road connecting the plant to a new distribution center.  P&G purchased six parcels north of Reservoir Road and west of Thayer Road totaling more than 150 acres.  The company will build the access road while it builds its warehouse and distribution center to the east, between Thayer and Cool roads, company spokesman Phil Gordon said.

 

http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=25799

 

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From the 5/24/06 Lima News:

 

PHOTO: Brandon Steffen of Charleston Auctions of Fort Wayne, Ind., speaks into a microphone while auctioning off office cabinets and furniture Tuesday morning at Milcor.  (Lima News photo by CRAIG OROSZ)

 

Milcor remnants picked clean

By JIM SABIN

05/24/2006

jsabin@limanews.com

 

LIMA — Everett Frazier looked around the building he worked in for 22 years with more than a little sadness. The remaining contents of Milcor were being auctioned off, and Frazier said he came to look at the wares. But that certainly wasn’t all; it was also a chance to see a few people again.

 

“I just wanted to check out the building, and I was interested in a desk,” he began. “I wanted to see some of the people that I worked with.”

 

Frazier was one of the last workers out of the building when it closed earlier this month, and so was there as equipment was being shut down and packed up. Most of the heavy equipment was shipped out, leaving only office furniture and miscellaneous supplies scattered around the building.

 

“There were times you’d move something and just look over the shop … it would bring tears to your eyes,” he said.

 

MORE: http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=25997

 

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Group’s donation to help with school building project

Lima News, 5/24/06

 

The Mom and Dad’s Club at Allen East schools wanted its fundraising efforts to impact as many pupils as possible. 

 

And the group certainly will with $40,000 going toward helping with construction costs of a new concession stand, restrooms and locker rooms at the district’s new building being constructed.  “By doing this, we will, in our feelings, hit the most kids,” club President Tom King said.  “We’ll hit the band, football, baseball, softball, track, soccer. It is the biggest impact we can do right now.” 

 

King presented a check to the school board at its Tuesday meeting.

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Surgery center expansion done, in use

Lima News, 6/5/06

 

The Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery’s $3 million expansion is done.  Kathy Meihls, the institute’s director of quality and the medical staff, said the new nine outpatients beds are already in use.

 

The surgery center, which is the hospital side of the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio near Interstate 75, added the beds for overnight stays to accommodate a steady increase in patients.

 

Also added was office space, a new pre-operation area and lobby, Meihls said.  It took 15 months to complete the addition.

 

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County to renovate Spring Street building

Lima News, 5/31/06

 

A downtown Lima building will get a facelift and a new tenant within the next year.  The 80-year-old building at 123 W. Spring Street has housed a hardware store and plenty of others, but it will soon play host to the Allen County Children Services Department. 

 

Agency executive director Scott Ferris said the building’s facing will be restored to its original condition, though the entrances will be changed.  “It’s basically a big shell, so we need to go in and do everything,” Ferris said.

 

The county already owns the building and considered tearing it down and replacing it, but that would have cost more, Ferris said.  As it is, the renovation will cost $2.8 million, lower than originally estimated, and take about six months to complete.

 


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Credit union opens new HQ Wednesday

Lima News, 6/6/06

 

Superior Federal Credit Union is cutting the ribbon on its new bank branch Wednesday. 

 

The $2.2 million building at 4230 Elida Road will also serve as the corporate headquarters.

 

Superior will hold an open house for the public to view the building from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

 

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Rite Aid planning four new Lima stores

Lima News, 6/7/06

 

Rita Aid is relocating three of its Lima stores and plans to build a new one at the corner of Eastown Road and Elm Street.

 

Two of the new stores are under construction and are expected to open in early 2007.  All the new stores will resemble Rite Aid’s location on Bellefontaine Avenue, which opened in November.

 

“We started our new development plan two years ago. We said we were going to do a number of relocations and new stores in existing markets. Lima was one of those on the top of the list. We’re doing a lot of projects in Lima. It is a great market for us,” said corporate spokeswoman Jody Cook.

 

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Allen County Museum begins work on $10 million renovation

Toledo Blade, 6/14/06

 

The Allen County Museum plans to break ground today on the first phase of an expansion and renovation project that could top $10 million before it's completed.  Museum Director Patricia Smith said more than $4.2 million has been raised so far - enough for the museum to get moving on the first phase of the project, which has been discussed since 2000.

 

The first part of the project will include 15,000 square feet of new and renovated space.  The museum plans to build a children's discovery center, a new entrance on the north side of the museum, and a gift shop and restrooms on the first floor.  On the museum's lower level, the museum will create a climate-controlled storage area for what will be known as the John H. Keller Railroad Archives, a repository of train artifacts and railroad records.

 

The second phase of the project is to involve the creation of a glass-front exhibit hall to display the museum's Shay locomotive as well as a 3,000 to 4,000-square-foot gallery for traveling exhibits.  Ms. Smith said the museum was awarded a grant of nearly $1 million through the Ohio Department of Transportation for that part of the project because of its focus on transportation history.

 

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Habitat moves efforts to Delphos

Lima News, 6/21/06

 

Habitat for Humanity is making its second venture outside Lima, building two homes this fall in Delphos.

 

Community and Habitat officials announced the partnership Wednesday at one of the build sites on West Wayne Street.  The other home will be built on Clime Street, said Lavon Welty, executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Allen County.

 

Habitat has raised $33,000 of the $80,000 it needs for both homes.  The group will continue raising money as it takes the next step of finding families for the homes.

 

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Pair of canal meetings aimed at fixing the flow

Lima News, 6/26/06

 

They say no moss grows on a rolling stone.  Neither a flowing canal.  But, because of a culvert break on the Miami and Erie Canal between Spencerville and Delphos, the city’s portion has grown stagnant and green.

 

City officials will meet with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and state Rep. John Willamowski, R-Lima, today to talk about remedies for the situation.

 

Later this week, Delphos Canal Commission member Sue Lang will meet with Allen County commissioners on the same topic.  Lang believes the cost of the repair is estimated at $100,000.  The Canal Commission solicited letters of support for the project and at least 30 Delphos residents sent them to the county, Lang said.

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From the 7/1/06 Lima News:

 

State wants Milcor money back

By TIM RAUSCH

07/01/2006

trausch@limanews.com

 

LIMA — The Milcor property has a new owner, but the former owners may be ordered to repay the state $300,000 for closing down before meeting the requirements of its job creation tax credits.  The Ohio Department of Development made a recommendation to the Ohio Tax Credit Authority that it “clawback” half of the tax credit benefit from Holland, Mich.-based Hart & Cooley.

 

Hart & Cooley closed Milcor in April and auctioned away its remnants in May.  The company took over Milcor in January 2005 and nine months later announced it was closing the Lima plant.  Milcor received a job creation tax credit in 1994.  It was a 70 percent tax credit on a $500,000 investment for a 10-year term, creating 80 new jobs and retaining 214 more.

 

Though the credit expired two years ago, the company was required to stay open in that location for another eight years, according to Ohio Department of Development spokesman Merle Madrid.  When Milcor closed, 246 workers lost their jobs.  Milcor manufactured grilles, registers, diffusers, heat and smoke vents and products for the roofing industry.

 

MORE: http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=27241

 

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From the 7/8/06 Lima News:

 

MAP/RENDERING: The City of Lima wants to apply for a $5 million grant to develop land near the Lima Locomotive Works site. The site would be readied for a synthetic gas research center after the city uses the grant to purchase 42 parcels on 14.5 acres of land.

 

City wants grant to develop research center

By HEATHER RUTZ

 

LIMA — Hoping to capitalize on niche manufacturing developed by Global Energy at the former Lima Locomotive Works site, Lima’s mayor wants to apply for a $5 million state grant to attract a research center.  The administration will ask for City Council approval Monday to apply to the Ohio Job Ready Sites program, Mayor David Berger said Friday.  The city would use the grant to acquire 14.5 acres near the Global Energy site along 4th Street, west of Interstate 75, to secure the property, demolish structures there and develop the property.

 

Global Energy, under construction, plans a December 2008 opening.  The gasification plant, the first of its kind in America, will produce electricity, synthetic gas and hydrogen.  The city can build on that unique advanced technology and prepare a site next to the plant that could be used by a research company working with the synthetic gas, Berger said.

 

The city has been working with Yocum Realty to secure options on 42 parcels owned by 25 people on the land it wants to acquire, Berger said.  The land includes homes, rental properties and vacant lots.

 

MORE: http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=27428

 

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From the 7/11/06 Lima News:

 

Council agrees to grant plan

By JIM SABIN

 

LIMA — Lima City Council backed Mayor David Berger’s plan to pursue a grant for a research and development center on South Main Street.  The council, meeting at its new 7 p.m. time, voted 8-0 to pass a trio of ordinances for the center.  The center would be attached to Global Energy along South Main Street, between Third and Fourth streets.

 

“In the history of the Department of Development, we’ve never had a grant program like this that awards grant money for speculative projects,” said Judy Cowan, regional development representative for Gov. Bob Taft.  “We’re looking to help communities to create sites for speculative development. Companies are in such a hurry now.”

 

The council agreed to apply for a $5 million Ohio Job Ready Sites grant to develop the site.  The council then agreed to contract with the Poggemeyer Design Group to begin designing the project and with Yocum Realty to pursue land options from 25 landowners on 42 parcels.

 

MORE: http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=27504

 

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Board asks Grove residents for more than $9.8M for new school

Lima News, 7/18/06

 

The Columbus Grove school board will ask voters to approve the issuing of $9.8 million in bonds to build a new school.  The board unanimously decided at its meeting Monday to go to the ballot box for the bonds, which will be repaid through property taxes for 28 years.

 

An additional $200,000 will be raised annually through an income tax, for a total 0.25 percent increase.  “We feel that that share’s the burden more equally among taxpayers,” Treasurer Mark Ellerbrock said.  The income tax will last for its maximum 23-year limit.

 

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Lima Stadium’s greens arriving today

Lima News, 7/12/06

 

The grass will be greener in Lima Stadium today, except it won’t really be grass.  The stadium’s new floor of ProGrass synthetic turf will begin arriving today, capping off a construction program that will open up the stadium to more events without losing the feel of a true grass field, the company said.

 

The synthetic turf and similar brands have proved to be safer and more durable than even grass fields and far better than the old Astroturf, said Bob Thomas, vice president of marketing for Pittsburgh-based ProGrass.  “The bottom line is, they’re much safer, they’re much softer, and they are much more like a well-groomed natural grass field,” Thomas said.  The company targets high schools and small colleges, he said.

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Kibby Corners changes approved

By JIM SABIN

07/25/2006

jsabin@limanews.com

 

LIMA — Lima City Council moved forward with a pair of demolition projects at the corner of Kibby and Main streets to clear the way for redevelopment.  The council agreed to accept the former Siferd Funeral Home at 712 S. Main St. from a private owner as a donation, and the city has already included the $9,500 demolition cost in its upcoming Community Development Block Grant request, Public Works Director Howard Elstro said.

 

Once the building is torn down, it will be paired up with an adjacent property on the southwest corner to form a one-acre parcel for new development, he said. The city also owns the northeast corner of the intersection, known as Kibby Corners.  And just south of the southeast corner, the council agreed to fund the demolition of 711 S. Main St. retroactively.  The building partially collapsed July 14, prompting the emergency demolition.

 

Full story at http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=27955

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From the 8/8/06 Lima News:

 

Lima council urges reopening of LCI

BY JIM SABIN - Aug. 8, 2006

 

LIMA — Lima City Council officially called on the state to find a way to reopen Lima Correctional Institution, the prison it shut down on the city’s north side two years ago.

 

The resolution, drafted by Mayor David Berger, pointed out that the state’s prison system had 46,000 inmates in prisons designed to hold 35,000 as recently as June. It also noted that the new Department of Rehabilitation and Correction director expressed an intention to develop more space for inmates, including looking at closed-down wings of prisons that are running now.

 

"It is a rip-off of taxpayers for that facility to be sitting there idle and not being used," 2nd Ward Councilman John Nixon said. "The whole thing really seems to me to boil down to the administration had it out for the union there and wanted to show it, and I think that’s one of the most ridiculous reasons to make decisions."

 

MORE: http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=28408

 

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Meijer makeover ready by September

Lima News, 7/25/06

 

Meijer shoppers are getting down the cereal aisle a little easier, but won’t be able to see the finished remodeled store until September.  For more than a month, employees at the Elida Road store have been moving shelves and widening aisles.

 

Corporate spokeswoman Stacie Behler said Lima’s Meijer has been on its list for a full-store makeover.

 

“It is designed to create an easier shopping experience for our customers.  As we’ve built stores and listened to customers tell us what they’re looking for, we’ve tried to incorporate those things when we look at an older store, like the Lima store,” Behler said.

 

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Rays spending $5 million on South Cable Road store

Lima News, 7/25/06

 

In the shell of a former drug store next to Rays Signature Foods, the grocery chain’s marketing director said the beginning of the company’s $5 million expansion will begin.  “It is a little tricky, because we want to keep the store open when we’re going to spend all this time and energy to make it spectacular.  How do you do that without making the customers nuts?  They’re jackhammering while you’re shopping,” said Stephanie Skylar, marketing director for Rays Supermarkets.

 

Skylar said the answer is to start with the 10,000 square foot former Rite Aid that was next to the 890 S. Cable Road store. “We’re going to relocate all the fresh food,” Skylar said.

 

It is the third Rays store that will be remodeled this year.  The Defiance-based 13-store grocery store chain will be adding a pharmacy and wellness center to its Harding Highway MarketPlace location.  At its North Cable Road location, the company will add a wellness center and renovate its pharmacy.

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Apartment residents fed up

Lima News, 8/3/06

 

Four years ago, residents near Hope and Nova streets were promised nice, new apartment buildings.  They were promised paved parking lots and a playground.  They were promised clean, well-maintained apartments that would replace the run-down, rodent-infested buildings that were there before.   

 

And when Waterford Townhomes officially replaced the Hope-Nova Apartments, it appeared the promises had been kept.  But Stacy Cramer, Kathy Allen and other residents say that’s not true.

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From the 8/11/06 Lima News:

 

 

Shreefer looking for answers on LCI

BY HEATHER RUTZ - Aug. 11, 2006

 

LIMA — Democratic statehouse candidate Dennis Shreefer wants definitive answers from three government leaders about reopening Lima Correctional Institution.  Shreefer is sending letters to Senate President Bill Harris, House Speaker Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Terry Collins, he said at a news conference Thursday.  He wants a “yes or no” answer about opening the prison, closed in 2004.

 

In July, state prison officials said they were looking for ways to address overcrowding, but that reopening LCI was not a current option.  The prison was stripped of nearly everything inside when it closed two years ago so beds, office equipment, kitchen equipment and other things needed would have to be brought in.

 

MORE: http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=28475

 

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From the 8/12/06 Lima News:

 

SITE PLAN: The Johhny Appleseed Park district unvieled plans for a new park on Friday.  The new park on Roush Road north of the Ottawa River will be created from a renovated farmstead. The farm itself was not in the Lauer family; the family is honored with the park’s name only. The homestead will feature farming techniques of the Depression and World War II eras.  (Lima News graphic by NATE WARNECKE)

 

Johnny Appleseed unveils new park plan

BY HEATHER RUTZ - Aug. 12, 2006

 

BATH TOWNSHIP — When complete, a new addition to the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District will be a lasting legacy to the Lauer family’s contribution to the parks. Park officials presented the master plan for Lauer Historic Park District Friday at a lunch that also honored Anne and the late Dr. Harold "Dutch" Lauer.

 

While Anne served as many years as a park commissioner and was one of the people who spearheaded the idea of a park district, Dutch contributed to the parks financially and with many volunteer hours, district Director Kevin Haver said.  The new park on Roush Road north of the Ottawa River will be created from a renovated farmstead. The farm itself was not in the Lauer family; The family is honored with the park’s name only. The homestead will feature farming techniques of the Depression and World War II eras, said architect Phil Enderle.

 

Full story at http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=28517

 

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From ODOD, 8/14/06:

 

TAFT ANNOUNCES BUSINESS GRANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 14, 2006

 

Columbus, OH -- Governor Bob Taft today announced that a $200,000 Business Development Grant has been awarded to aid in the growth and development of business and the creation and retention of jobs in Ohio. The State Controlling Board today approved the grant, which is administered by the Ohio Department of Development(ODOD).

 

Alpla, Inc. (Alpla), located in Fort Shawnee (Allen County), will receive a $50,000 Business Development (412) Grant for costs associated with the acquisition of machinery and equipment.  Alpla is a 100 percent subsidiary of Alpla GmbH u. Co KG, an Austrian company, and is a supplier of plastic containers and a creator of plastic packaging solutions for customers through its own standardizing technologies.  The company uses technologies related to extrusion blow molding, stretch blow molding, injection blow molding and injection molding for its products.  Alpla has recently negotiated new contracts to provide plastic containers and bottles and proposes to purchase $10 million in machinery and equipment and construct a 105,000 square-foot facility that will house extrusion blow-molding operations to manufacture high volume bottles.  Additionally, Allen County will receive a $200,000 Roadwork Development (629) Grant to complete public roadwork improvements in support of Alpha, Inc's new manufacturing facility in the Fort Shawnee Industrial Park.  Allen County will construct a 2,000 lineal-foot public roadway to connect the Park to the Foreign Trade Zone business area. Ohio is in competition with Indiana for this project, which is expected to create 30 jobs within the first three years of the project's initial operation.

 

The Business Development Account (412) is a grant program to assist companies and communities that are creating or retaining jobs in Ohio.

 

http://www.odod.state.oh.us/newsroom/releases/1633.asp

 

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Landowners in Blanchard watershed being assessed: $2 fee will be used for routine maintenance

Lima News, 8/5/06

 

Landowners in six counties that live within the 90-mile watershed of the Blanchard River can expect a $2 per-parcel assessment in 2007.  The maintenance assessment is part of the Blanchard River Stream Enhancement Program, which was funded in 1995 through the state and assessing landowners in the watershed.   

 

In a July 25 letter to commissioners of the other five counties in the watershed, Hancock County Commissioners said the maintenance fund balance is $14,281.01.  They also said the collection would bring in about $85,000.

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From the 8/30/06 Lima News:

 

Shreefer one for three on LCI letter response

BY HEATHER RUTZ - Aug. 30, 2006

 

LIMA — One state official has responded to Democratic statehouse candidate Dennis Shreefer’s request for information about a closed prison, and two only confirmed they received his letters, Shreefer reported Tuesday.

 

Shreefer wrote Ohio Senate President Bill Harris, Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted and prisons Director Terry Collins in early August asking what their intentions were with Lima Correctional Institution. At a news conference Tuesday, Shreefer held up Collins’ letter, along with the green post cards he received back from Harris and Husted’s office, postal confirmations from the certified letters he sent, showing they were received.

 

Shreefer said he would make reopening LCI as a prison or for some other use, his top priority, should he be elected to the 4th District. He announced plans for an advisory council that he would establish if elected, and a list of 10 people he would ask to serve on that council. Most of the people on the list were not aware of it, Shreefer said.

 

http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=29061

 

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From the 8/25/06 Lima News:

 

State official surprised by P&G center size

BY TIM RAUSCH - Aug. 25, 2006

 

LIMA — After a three-quarter of a mile walk around what’s been done so far, the Ohio Department of Development’s assistant director was struck by the size of Procter & Gamble’s new distribution center on Reservoir Road.  The $100 million facility should be done by the spring of 2008.  It will be the largest automated warehouse in the world.  The warehouse will encompass more than 1 million square feet.

 

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Procter & Gamble’s completion schedule for its 1 million-square-foot distribution center:

 

December: Building under roof

January 2007: Start shipping from the low bay section

May 2007: Shipping from first module of high bay section

January 2008: Production area start up

Spring 2008: Completion

 

http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=28869

 

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Approved bond issue would build new Elida High School

Lima News, 8/16/06

 

School board members voted Tuesday to put a 7.7 mill bond issue on the November ballot.  The bond will raise $41 million for a new high school and renovations to the middle school.

 

The district is involved in the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s expedited program, meaning it can begin a project before money is available from the state if it can raise the local share.  The district is responsible for 64 percent of the project.

 

The total project cost is $44.49 million.  Treasurer Joel Parker said the district is only asking for $41 million because it will use $2 million from interest earned from the bond issue. It will also use some permanent improvement money.  Parker said the district will eventually receive about $18 million from the state.  That will be used for the second phase of the project.

 

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Thayer Road construction begins this fall

Lima News, 8/30/06

 

The replacement and widening of Thayer Road, needed with Procter & Gamble’s new distribution center, will begin this fall and be finished in two phases.  The first phase, with an estimated $613,000 cost, will begin in October and be finished by December, county Engineer Timothy Piper said Tuesday.

 

That section will run from the railroad tracks south to Reservoir Road and include the intersection with Reservoir Road, Piper said. Everything but the top finishing course should be complete this year, Piper said.

 

In phase one, peaks and valleys in the road will be removed to increase sight distance and the road will be widened two feet on both sides.  The second phase will run north from the railroad tracks to state Route 81 and be constructed in the spring.

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Group interested in Allen East Middle School building

Lima News, 9/13/06

 

A group is interested in turning part of the middle school into a community building, but it will likely need to make a decision soon.

 

Russ Conkle, a member of the 20-member group, which includes Harrod Village Council members, said the idea is to use 44,000 square feet of the newest part of the building for the center.  The portion of the building includes the library and gymnasium.

 

Conkle said the center could include Harrod village offices, a library, exercise or weight room, reception hall and possibly an area for law enforcement.  Other social services offices and historical society offices could also be included, as well as reception areas to be rented for use by the public.

 

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Rite Aid dumps plan for proposed store

Lima News, 9/16/06

 

The first test of Allen County’s new Access Management plan has quashed plans for an Eastown Road business.  The proposed Rite Aid store, one of four stores in the works for the county, was to have gone up next year at the corner of Elm Street and Eastown Road.  But a county plan regulating the placement of business driveways has halted the project.

 

“We are withdrawing our proposal due to the inability to obtain the convenient curb cuts,” said Ashley Flower, Rite Aid spokeswoman.  Flower said she was unaware of any alternative sites for the proposed store.

 

Problems arose last week when the county’s Access Management board rejected a request from Rite Aid to let them place an entrance within the required 500 feet of the intersection. Jerry Good, vice president of the Allen Economic Development Group and a member of the access board, said the Rite Aid decision was the first test of the plan.

 

“There’s always that first project that comes along that’s trying to do something that doesn’t meet with the regulations. Some people are going to be unhappy with it. But I would challenge anybody to go to any other community to look at their access management rules and regulations. There’s nothing being asked here that’s different from what’s bring asked of people in any other community,” Good said.

 

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From the 9/19/06 Lima News:

 

Law firm remodeling downtown

BY HEATHER RUTZ - Sep. 19, 2006

 

LIMA — A law firm is breathing new life into one of downtown’s grand buildings.  The Marquette, at 540 W. Market St., was built in the early 1900s as four luxury apartments and owned by Lima banker E.B. Mitchell.  By the end of the year, it will house the new offices of Huffman, Kelley Becker and Brock.

 

The building, with its grand front stairs, columns and balcony, was designed by Thomas McLaughlin.  A Lima graduate who earned a degree in architecture from Columbia University, McLaughlin returned home and designed some of Lima’s most famous structures, including Memorial Hall, Elks Club and Lima Locomotive Works garage.

 

Full story at http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=30028

 

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From the 9/15/06 Lima News:

 

Estimates differ on reopening LCI

BY BOB BLAKE - Sep. 15, 2006

 

LIMA — There may be new life ahead for Lima Correctional Institution.  What it would cost is up in the air.  "LCI had $37 million in upgrades up until the point they closed it," state Rep. John Willamowski, R-Lima, said. "They’d have to bring the furniture back, turn the utilities back on, fix any damage that might have happened as a result of closing it. There’s new electrical work, new plumbing, new roofs, new guard windows. The place is virtually brand new. It’s just sitting there." 

 

Willamowski said reopening the facility shouldn’t cost much more than the $25 million it was costing the state to operate it since the biggest cost — the contract of the employees — remains the same as it was when the facility was shuttered.

 

Andrea Dean, spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said the estimate being used by the department is far more than $25 million to reopen the facility.  "Our ballpark estimate is between $70 million and $90 million, and that would be to reopen and to operate. That’s the same figure the governor’s office was using a week or so ago," Dean said.  "We do not have a contingency plan nor are we developing any to reopen the Lima Correctional Institution. We’re not looking at any plans at this time to do that."

 

MORE: http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=29887

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Whittier Place under construction

Lima News, 9/28/06

 

Whittier Place is under construction.  A 12-house development at the site of the former Whittier Elementary School, which was demolished in 2004, should have its first house for sale in October, said Lima 6th Ward City Councilman Derry Glenn. 

 

“This is going to bring a lot of new homes to the 6th Ward,” Glenn said. “This is going to be a beautiful place. We have been working very hard to bring housing to the 6th Ward and economic development to the 6th Ward.”  There was a groundbreaking at the site on Thursday.

 

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Group gains support for Allen East plans

Lima News, 9/27/06

 

With a show of hands, about 90 percent of the more than 50 people who showed up for a meeting to discuss future plans of a portion of Allen East Middle School are in favor of keeping the structure for community use.

 

Eleven people signed up to join a committee that will discuss and oversee plans.  But those who were against the project voiced their concerns.

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Harrod moves forward on community center

Lima News, 10/6/06

 

The Village Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday authorizing Mayor Jean McElwain to enter into an agreement with the Allen East school board about a possible community center.  The resolution was passed on the first reading as an emergency.

 

Members of the council and a group of residents met Sept. 28 to discuss options for a portion of Allen East Middle School.  Many were are in favor of keeping the structure for community use and 11 of them signed up for a committee that will discuss and oversee plans.

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From the 10/5/06 Lima News:

 

Wal-Mart settles on west-side location

BY BART MILLS - Oct. 5, 2006

 

LIMA — After more than a year of speculation, Wal-Mart officials have finally decided where their next store will go.  Third Lima Corp., owners of the more than eight acres on Allentown Road surrounding the Kmart Plaza, filed a petition Tuesday with the Allen County commissioners office seeking permission to annex into the city of Lima.  The petition was filed on behalf of Wal-Mart, said Tony Geiger, the city of Lima’s law director.

 

"This was a petition filed by the landowners with the commissioners office," Geiger said. "They’re talking about a Super Wal-Mart."  The petition would have to be approved by the commissioners before the land could be annexed. The city would also have to approve the annexation and agree on what municipal services they would provide to the area, Geiger said.

 

The land, which sits in American Township, would be annexed through nonwithdrawal annexation, meaning the township and the Elida school district would still receive the property taxes from the store, while Lima could collect income taxes.

 

More at http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=30609

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Thayer Road construction to begin next week

Lima News, 10/6/06

 

Work is about to begin on the replacement and widening of Thayer Road.  Allen County Engineer Timothy Piper said the first phase of the estimated $2 million project is set to begin next week.  Phase I will include roughly one-third of the project running north from Reservoir Road to the railroad tracks and will include the intersection at Thayer and Reservoir roads.

 

The project is being financed with a $2 million Ohio Department of Development grant. Piper said he hopes to bring the whole project in under that $2 million.  The county caught a break when the winning job bid by Harrod-based R.D. Jones Excavating Inc. came in at $137,000 less than the county’s original estimate for the job, making the cost of Phase I $466,000.

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Housing Authority invests in Furl Williams apartments

Lima News, 10/11/06

 

On Monday evening, the women whipped the guys 3-0 in shuffleboard at the Furl Williams Apartments on Robb Avenue.  The shuffleboard court is among more than $400,000 worth of improvements made at the senior complex since 2004, made with federal funding.  More than $100,000 of that has come, or will come, this year, said Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority Executive Director Cindi Parr.

 

The capital improvements this year at the senior complex with 40 units include brick tuck-pointing, a new roof and painting.  In 2005, the complex received new siding and in 2004, new sidewalks, a patio, pavilion, picnic tables and shuffleboard.

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