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Valero to sell Lima Refining Co. for $1.9 billion

Business First of Columbus

Thursday, May 3, 2007 - 11:04 AM EDT

 

Valero Energy Corp. has agreed to sell a refinery in Lima to a Canadian company for $1.9 billion.  Husky Energy Inc. will also pay $200 million for working capital when it completes its acquisition of Lima Refining Co. in northwestern Ohio.  The sale is expected to close during the second quarter.

 

San Antonio, Texas-based Valero employs 400 in Lima, where it produces 165,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel fuel a day.  The company said it expects Husky to maintain those workers once the sale is complete.

 

Valero reported $91.8 billion in revenue last year.  Including the Lima plant, company runs 18 refineries in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.  Husky, which produces crude oil, natural gas and liquids, reported revenue of $12.6 billion last year.

 

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Schools hoping to replace old, deteriorating buildings

Lima News, 5/6/07

 

It’s been 91 years since Elida High School was constructed. And seven years before then, the Columbus Grove school building went up. With the age and condition of the two buildings, officials in both districts think they have a pretty good case for a new building.

 

“Over the course of 100 years, little minor things you have to fix start to add up,” Columbus Grove Superintendent Bob Jennell said.  “To continue to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into 90-year-old buildings, that is just not a wise use of taxpayer dollars,” Elida Superintendent Don Diglia said.

 

Both Elida and Columbus Grove schools hope voters will support ballot issues for new schools on Tuesday.  Both experienced large defeats in November.  Fifty-nine percent rejected the Elida levy and 63 and 61 percent of voters said no to two Columbus Grove issues.

 

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From the 2/24/07 Lima News:

 

LCI staying closed, for now

Heather Rutz | hrutz@limanews.com - 02.24.2007

 

LIMA — Lima Correctional Institution won’t open any time soon, Gov. Ted Strickland said this week.  Strickland, asked about a report detailing a projected prison population increase, said reopening LCI is not an option.

 

“This is a serious problem that we have in Ohio. I’ve got some ideas regarding some things that may be done to help alleviate the situation but ... I have not been talking about or planning for the reopening,” Strickland said this week, according to Gongwer News Service.

 

Strickland said he won’t pursue “that particular course of action” of LCI when addressing prison overcrowding.  The governor is “seriously considering” reopening LCI in some fashion in the long-term, but Ohio’s tight finances do not allow for it in the next two-year budget Strickland will propose in March, Strickland spokesman Keith Dailey said.

 

MORE: http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=35584

 

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From the 3/13/07 Lima News:

 

 

Task force hires lobbyist to push for LCI reopening

Bart Mills | bmills@limanews.com - 03.13.2007

 

LIMA — The effort to reopen Lima Correctional Institution goes on despite the governor’s recent rejection of the idea. The LCI task force met Monday to discuss the next steps in its effort to see the prison reopened. Despite a recent announcement by Gov. Ted Strickland that he is not considering opening the prison, the group has decided to continue its lobbying.

 

“We’ve asked [Director of Rehabilitation and Correction] Terry Collins for clarification regarding the governor’s statement. He suggested there would be no consideration for the next several years, that their focus is going to be on community-based corrections,” said Jed Metzger, task force chairman and president of the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce. “But we’re still going to continue with our efforts because we feel there is a need.”

 

Earlier this month, the group hired lobbyist Daniel Helmick with the Columbus-based SZD Government Advocates. Helmick has connections within the administration and legislature, as well as experience working with prisons, Metzger said.

 

MORE: http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=36206

 

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From the 4/17/07 Lima News:

 

 

Task force hoping for LCI amendment in state budget

Bart Mills | bmills@limanews.com - 04.17.2007

 

LIMA — Local leaders are hoping an amendment in the upcoming state budget will eventually lead to the reopening of Lima Correction Institution.  The LCI task force is working with its recently hired lobbyist, SZD Government Advocates, and state Rep. Matt Huffman to insert an amendment into the 2007 state budget calling for a study on the state’s corrections needs and how LCI could be used to serve them.

 

Jed Metzger, task force chairman and president of the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce, said the amendment would be a step in the right direction for LCI.  “I think things look very optimistic. We will hopefully be able to insert the study but it’s too early to tell for sure,” Metzger said.

 

The amendment would call for a study of the state of corrections in Ohio.  It would also explore alternative uses for the former prison as well as examine costs and identify funding sources.  The study is expected to cost between $50,000 and $60,000 and will be funded through the state’s Department of Corrections budget.

 

MORE: http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=37406

 

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From the 5/15/07 Lima News:

 

 

Task force explores uses for LCI

Bart Mills | bmills@limanews.com - 05.15.2007

 

LIMA — Members of the Lima Correctional Institution Task Force know they want the former prison reopened. Now they just need to come up with some ideas of what it could reopen as. The task force, with the help of a lobbyist and state Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, managed to insert language into the state’s budget calling for a $50,000 study of the possible uses of LCI. The language has passed the House and the drafters are optimistic about its chances of making it through the Senate and being signed by Gov. Ted Strickland.

 

The amendment would establish a Lima Correctional Institute Study Committee, effective July 1, and give it $50,000 to fund an independent feasibility study on the condition and value of the facility as well as the cost of reopening and some alternative uses for the prison. The study will also examine state and local correction needs and the economic impact opportunities associated with the closed prison.

 

Task force members toured the prison with Collins and his staff last month. They said paint was peeling and some equipment had been removed from the building, but overall the building remains in good shape.

 

MORE: http://www.limanews.com/story.php?IDnum=38508

 

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From the 6/6/07 Lima News:

 

New subdivision planned

Heather Rutz | hrutz@limanews.com - 06.06.2007

 

AMERICAN TOWNSHIP — Developers plan an 81-home subdivision for 43 acres on the southwest corner of Eastown and Diller roads.  The development, Whispering Creek, received approval for its overall development plan Tuesday from Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission’s Developmental Controls Committee.

 

The first phase will include all single-family homes, while the second phase will include what the developer calls “patio” homes, designed for single families, but on smaller lots.  A third phase calls for town houses.  The subdivision incorporates planned unit design, a more flexible way of designing homes in a denser configuration and then creating open space.

 

More at http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=39258

 

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From the 6/14/07 Lima News:

 

 

Towering silos show progress at ethanol plant

Bart Mills | bmills@limanews.com - 06.14.2007

 

PERRY TOWNSHIP — The landscape along Interstate 75 picked up its newest addition this week with the latest phase in the Greater Ohio Ethanol project.

 

Crews have been working around the clock to build two, 150-foot silos that will be used to store grain used for the production of ethanol. Brian Holden, safety and health director on the project, said the crew was hired in from Minnesota to run the project. The job requires 65 workers a shift 24 hours a day to lay rebar and pour cement constantly. 

 

http://www.medina-gazette.com/Articles.asp?num=59806857

 

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From the 6/16/07 Lima News:

 

New hotel coming in 2008

Bart Mills | bmills@limanews.com - 06.16.2007

 

PERRY TOWNSHIP — A new hotel for the business traveler is coming to Lima’s east side.  Allen Hotel Enterprises Ltd. is building a four-story, 100-room Courtyard by Marriott on the former site of Ryan’s on Greeley Chapel Road.

 

The former restaurant was demolished in May.  Work is expected to begin on the hotel this fall, and it is slated to open by summer 2008.  Allen Schmidthorst and partners Tom Shumaker and Doug Steinke will manage the property. Schmidthorst said the trio saw a need for a high-end hotel in the area.

 

The Courtyard by Marriott chain is designed for business travelers.  The rooms typically include business amenities such as high-speed Internet access, large work desks, dual-line phones and voice mail.  The Lima property will include a business center, on-site parking and laundry valet service as well as an indoor swimming pool and health club. Rooms rates will begin at about $90 a night, Schmidthorst said.

 

More at http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=39644

 

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Leipsic industrial park on schedule

Lima News, 6/19/07

 

With the exception of a few details, plans to construct the Iron Highway Industrial Park are on course and should be completed by Aug. 1, according to village officials.  During a council meeting Monday, village officials discussed a short line railroad that will connect the three major railroads running through an area they call “The Golden Triangle.”  The three major lines are Norfolk Southern, CSX Corp. and Indiana & Ohio.

 

Village officials want to notify the public the village will have a new railroad crossing with gates at Belmore Street, which is State Route 65, just north of the Norfolk crossing.  Council voted to file as quickly as possible for railroad classification and decided the village will be the owner of the short line railroad, but not the operator.

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From the 4/10/07 Lima News:

 

 

Cafaro still planning American Mall changes

Bart Mills | bmills@limanews.com - 04.10.2007

 

LIMA — A year after owners of the American Mall announced plans to renovate the long-standing shopping center, the first shovel of dirt has yet to be turned. But officials say things are happening, even if you can’t see it.

 

http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=37168

 

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From the 7/17/07 Lima News:

 

 

LCI group wants Strickland meeting

Heather Rutz | hrutz@limanews.com - 07.17.2007

 

LIMA — Members of the Lima Correctional Institution Task Force have a question they believe only one man can answer, so the group plans to ask him for a face-to-face meeting.

 

The man? Gov. Ted Strickland. The question? Is he outright opposed to reopening LCI as a prison?

 

The group met Monday to consider its next step now that a $50,000 feasibility study for the facility made it through the state budget. 

 

The group Monday also agreed to continue funding, in the short term, the lobbying firm it hired to gain the study. The group wants to retain the firm long enough to have a meeting with the governor to gauge if retaining a lobbyist for several months would be a waste of time and money. The Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce and Allen Economic Development Group will split the bill for the lobbyist’s funding, expected to be about $4,000.

 

MORE: http://www.limaohio.com/story.php?IDnum=40690

 

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New Allen East school full of ‘Mustang’ pride

Lima News, 7/1/07

 

There are still a few boxes to be unpacked and workers roaming the building putting the final touches on the new Allen East school.  Yet already, pupils are in the school and enjoying their new surroundings.

 

Pupils and staff will begin next school year in their new 180,000-square-foot building; a place which includes constant reminders that they are “Mustangs” and plenty of the school’s blue and white colors.  A large ceramic tile mustang takes up a wall in the commons area.  Stain glass in the previous high school was incorporated into the commons area too.

 

Lima News: NEW: New Allen East School looking good (6/29/07)

 

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I believe you are correct on both accounts.  The old hospital facility was the Lima Correctional Institution and closed; but the newer, smaller facility is the Allen Correctional Institution and remains open.

 

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Ball State Architecture Students Propose New Lima Square

By Aubree Kaye | Downtown Lima Ohio

Friday, January 18, 2008

 

This is a video prepared by Architecture Students from Ball State University on a proposed Lima Square.  The new Square feature an ice skating rink in the winter, with a stage area in the summer.  The proposal also identifies several properties to be developed with architectural lighting to enhance the nighttime atmosphere.

 

 

MORE: http://www.downtownlimaohio.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=23

 

 

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From The Lima News:

 

Drawing on a dream

By Bart Mills | Monday, January 28, 2008

 

Mike Schulte doesn’t need a crystal ball to show folks the future of Lima; he has YouTube.  The Delphos native and graduate architecture student at Ball State enlisted a group of fellow students to draft a vision of Lima’s possible future.  That vision is now available as an 80-page book for sale at the Downtown Lima Inc. office and online.

 

A computer-generated flyover of their vision for the town square is also available on YouTube.  Schulte said he is hoping folks will look at the ideas and start the long step toward making them a reality.  “We hope they’ll take a look at it and get a better idea of what we’re imagining,” Schulte said.  “This is a long-term plan but it’s definitely doable.”

 

MORE: http://www.downtownlimaohio.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=5

 

 

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Cost to re-open Lima prison? $184 million

Chillicothe Gazette, March 6, 2008

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A consultant has told legislators that fixing up the closed Lima prison would cost 21 times more than tearing it down.

 

The consultant estimated Thursday that fixing the Lima Correctional Institution’s leaky roofs, buckling floors, dangerous asbestos and mold would cost $184 million. That compares to $8.6 million to tear it down.

 

By contrast, renovating three buildings on the property, rather than the entire facility, would cost just $9.1 million. That would allow the state to house 600 low-security prisoners there.

 

Gov. Bob Taft closed the minimum-security prison that housed about 1,500 inmates in 2004 to save $25 million a year. Lawmakers started the committee to study the site, and the group must report its findings to Gov. Ted Strickland and legislative leaders by April 1.

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From The Lima News:

 

Schnorf remodel on track for February finish

By Bart Mills | Monday, September 29, 2008

 

Work on the future home of the county's economic development groups is on track to be completed by February.  Crews have been working on the former Schnorf Hardware building for the past month.  So far, they've cleared it of environmental problems - asbestos and mold - and expect to have the new roof completed by week's end, said Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce Director Jed Metzger.

 

The 110-year-old former hardware store on South Main Street will house the chamber, Allen Economic Development Group and other economic development groups on the first two floors.  A third-floor banquet space will be managed by Veterans Memorial Civic Center.  The chamber bought the building from the county in May for $1 and expects to spend about $2.4 million on the renovations.

 

MORE: http://www.downtownlimaohio.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=7

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Most people may not even know the building exists.  I had the opportunity to tour the Lima Metropolitan Building.

 

Constructed in 1887 to house Metropolitan Bank during the oil rush, the building had hundreds of employees.  Then after Met Bank merged with Elida Federal, they constructed a much larger and more efficient building at Elizabeth Street. 

 

The building was then converted into an office complex where photographers, doctors and lawyers called the building home.  For a short while, it served as the "exploratory health" center for the hospital where they would try new techniques such as electro-shock therapy and other grusome medical procedures that were and still are illegal.  Many people died and the place got a bad reputation.  It then served as the headquarters for a few oil companies and lawyers until the mid 50's when majority of the building was abandoned. 

 

Today, it houses a few quaint shops on the main floor, but the upper four levels are dark and interesting.  The owners want to sell the building to a developer who would turn the upstairs into offices and loft apartments.  They have had great offers, but everyone wants to destroy the building or tear it down.  They are waiting for someone to purchase it who will try to restore a majority of the building to its original look.

 

Window replacements alone will be in the ballpark of 1.5 million.  However they want to sell the building, and are only asking 200-400K for it.  The only requirement is to restore it to as close as possible as it was built.

 

I had the opportunity to take some pictures and wanted to share them with you.

 

 

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yeah...across from the CH.  Its a beautiful building and could really make money if someone would do something with it.

 

See pictures of the interior by clicking on the attachment link.

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From The Lima News:

 

Rhodes considering moving health programs downtown

By Beth L. Jokinen | Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 

Downtown Lima could be the future home of some Rhodes State College programs.  Preliminary talks are ongoing about the future of the school's health programs, including a possible move to the downtown area, President Debra McCurdy said Tuesday.  Officials said such a move would help rejuvenate downtown Lima and bring students and staff closer to the city's two hospitals.

 

"We know we need to grow and downtown Lima may be a viable option for us so our applied health programs can work in closer collaboration with the hospitals," McCurdy said.  "It adds value to downtown and allows us to strengthen our relationships with our primary partners, the hospitals and the health entities."

 

MORE: http://www.downtownlimaohio.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=1

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From Downtown Lima Ohio:

 

HR Services Moves into New Downtown Office

By Aubree Kaye | Downtown Lima Ohio

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

 

HR Services, Inc. announced their move to a new office at 675 West Market Street in Downtown Lima.  The newly renovated 17,000 square foot building will provide HR Services with three times the space they previously occupied and will offer prime office space for lease on the main floor.

 

MORE: http://www.downtownlimaohio.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=21

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From The Lima News:

 

Commissioner says Civic Center on road to recovery

By Greg Sowinski | Wednesday, April 15, 2009

 

After being on life support and facing a financial death, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center seems to be on the path to someday being self-sufficient thanks to a new energetic director, a commissioner said Wednesday.

 

Allen County Commissioner Dan Reiff was praising center Director Cindy Wood for slashing the budget by $291,000 and working toward balancing a budget that has ran in the red for years.  "The board has gotten a manager who has really hit the ground running," Reiff said.  "This is the most encouraging and most viable time I've seen in the Civic Center."

 

MORE: http://www.downtownlimaohio.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=24

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From The Lima News:

 

Commissioners, Civic Center reach understanding on Memorial Hall

By Bob Blake | Wednesday, May 13, 2009

 

LIMA - Area veterans' groups who maintain offices in Memorial Hall will no longer have to worry if those offices will remain there. Allen County commissioners this morning approved an agreement that settles "miscommunication" problems earlier in the year.

 

Under the terms of the newly-approved memorandum of understanding, commissioners will continue to be responsible for payment of utilities and general maintenance. The board of the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center will continue to operate the facility and serve as a community point of contact.

 

MORE: http://www.downtownlimaohio.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=29

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From The Lima News:

 

Construction to start at R&D site

By Heather Rutz | Wednesday, June 17, 2009

 

LIMA - The city will begin preparations for a new advanced energy research and development center this July, Mayor David Berger said Tuesday.  Berger announced the news during a City Focus meeting with Northside Neighborhood Association.

 

The city has planned the center for years at a triangle of land at South Main and Fourth streets near the planned site of Global Energy.  The city has acquired the 44 parcels it needs for the site and has vacated the small stretches of Third and Lafayette streets for the project.  The city is doing the property purchases and site preparation work with a 2006 $3.3 million state development grant.

 

MORE: http://www.downtownlimaohio.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=35

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An update on the American Mall in Lima from DeadMalls.com:

 

DEADMALLS.COM FEATURE: 

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AMERICAN MALL: LIMA, OH

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Mike Samons' Commentary

Posted March 6, 2009 (user submitted)

 

Hi, I am a nostalgic Lima native reporting that this mall was closed as of Dec 26, 2008 except for the Andersons.  As I understand it, the balance of the mall will be demolished soon but I'm not clear about the plans for the property between Andersons and the theaters.

 

MORE: http://www.deadmalls.com/malls/american_mall.html

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Greatest murals ever.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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While this is an actual place in Ohio, it appropriately foreshadows the fate of The American Mall in general.

 

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Nothing more American

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One store survives, but is walled off from the rest of the mall

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WHY ARE WE SHOUTING. THIS IS SUCH AN AWESOME ABANDONMENT.

 

Although I hate malls....This is not necessarily all good because many of these areas are gateways into cities....and I don't want to see them end up looking like vandal magnets.  I am sure that somewhere just 10 minutes from this place, another new sprawl mall was built. This is exactly the scene I hate to envision Ohio looking like because of all the cannibalizing sprawl. (sprawl killing sprawl, killing more sprawl...sprawl some more) You really cannot farm this sort of area again, as all the top soil is gone...and what lies beneath is contaminated from asphalt anyway. This is a poster child example of PPP... 'piss poor planning'  One of the best things Ohio can do to preserve what remains in commercial areas like this...and downtowns, is to simply quit the building of new sprawl areas which we do not need, and focus on growth from within...not outward. I know that philosophy, however, slaughters a sacred cow amongst the short sighted and chamber driven folks, though. There answer is always.... "this growth will save us" I believe growth beyond maturity is cancer, as we witness in the photos. There is a website that features dead malls...  www.deadmalls.com  Check that one out and see all the malls. Maybe future uses for such structures can be indoor cities....with residences too, besides just retail. Please...No more flea markets. Is this near/in Toledo somewhere? I wonder where all the stores went? To a new mall in a third and fourth ring of sprawl, I wonder...

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