Rhodes State College News

January 04, 2017
Rhodes State College Moves Forward With Downtown Expansion

LIMA (January 4, 2017) — Lima City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to enter into a contract with Rhodes State College to assist in plans for the Center of Health Science Education and Innovation in Town Square, opening the door for the project to begin in as little as 60 days.

The deal includes provisions where the city will contribute $3 million from hotel and motel tax receipts over a multiyear period to assist in development costs for the new campus, as well as assisting with demolition of existing buildings on the planned site. The new health science structure will take up the majority of the southeast quadrant of Town Square.

“If the details can be worked out with the contract quickly, we are prepared to begin demolition in 60 days,” Lima Mayor David Berger said.

Rhodes State President Debra McCurdy noted the campus is ready to get started. “We are very pleased to arrive at this point,” McCurdy said. 

McCurdy said the new structure will certainly house “the sciences, but we haven’t identified exactly what that will be yet.” Rhodes State said the initial reported estimate of the project is $20 million.

Berger earlier stated that the holdup on the project had been due to issues with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office while reviewing the request to go forward with the project.

The 50,000+ square-foot building will be located at Main and Market streets, adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center. The building will likely serve 800+ students in programs such as nursing and allied health, as well as those taking general education classes.

Officials from the city and the college have said the project will have a strong economic impact on downtown while helping improve “the look” with many of the current buildings in need of repair. McCurdy said the centralized location will also help improve partnerships with local health organizations such as St. Rita’s Medical Center and Lima Memorial Health System. The project is slated to begin in 2017. 

For more information about Rhodes State College, please visit their website at www.RhodesState.edu.

For more information contact:
Sandy Piehl
Director, Marketing & College Relations
Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Drive
Lima OH 45804
567-242-5975
Piehl.S@RhodesState.edu

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