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City giving $3M in funding for Rhodes State project in downtown Lima

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In this rendering, Rhodes State shows a vision for transforming downtown. In this rendering, the mostly vacant southeast corner of Town Square is replaced by Rhodes’ planned health science center, with a walkway across Main Street connecting Rhodes and the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center.

Staff Reports

LIMA – Lima Mayor David Berger and Rhodes President Dr. Debra McCurdy today announced an agreement in principle between the City of Lima and Rhodes State College for the development of the Rhodes’ downtown Center for Health Science Education and Innovation. Specifically, Mayor Berger stated that the City of Lima has agreed to provide the following for the project:

  • $3 million in funding from the City’s hotel/motel tax revenues over a period of time
  • Assistance in real estate acquisition
  • Engineering and contracting assistance in the demolition of existing structures

Berger noted that the parties are currently drafting a formal development agreement. Upon its completion, the authority to sign the agreement will be sought from Lima City Council.

“The City Administration has been working informally with Rhodes for several years. We believe that the formal agreement will advance the project in a number of ways and are excited to help foster this important project and assure its success,” said Mayor Berger.

Dr. McCurdy, President of Rhodes State College, stated, “The College is growing and changing to create a network to connect students, educators, and employers. The partnership with the City of Lima in the development of the Center will help to drive the economic revitalization of downtown. The prediction for in-demand health care occupations over the coming years will offer a return on the partnership and investment made in the Center that cannot be overstated for the Lima community.”

McCurdy added, “The Center brings the vision of ultimately connecting education to the workforce.”