Rhodes' groundbreaking move moves to 2020 - The Lima News
By Mackenzi Klemann - [email protected]
A group of students from Rhodes State College enjoy a beautiful autumn Tuesday afternoon conversation and a few lunches on campus. They are on the left: Emily Rust, Cheyenne Treen and Taylor Traut.
LIMA - The groundbreaking rethinking of the Rhodes State College campus is unlikely before the end of 2019, as the college will obtain a permit and select the construction phase of the project, the Rhodes State Board of Trustees has learned.
The interim president of Rhodes, Cynthia Spiers, told the bureau on Tuesday that she looked forward to a clearer timetable for a groundbreaking change at the November council.
The project is hampered by a number of factors, most of which are regulatory: The project is still awaiting a building permit from the Ohio Department of Industrial Compliance, which Russell Litke, Vice President of Finance and Entrepreneurship in Rhodes, expects next month.
The Lima City Center Design Review Commission will still have to review the project designs and issue a certificate of suitability. Negotiations are still ongoing with utilities. And the board has not yet selected a contractor for the construction phase - a process that Litke estimates could take three months to submit proposals, and the construction phase is likely to postpone to 2020.
"The community needs to understand that running this matter is not the board's position," said board member Dr. Wilfred Ellis. "It has everything to do with running national regulations ... and all of that takes time. It rejects things.
"People have a philosophy that this building is not there because we can't do it or we have problems with how to fix it. But this is not the case, "said Ellis. "The reason for the case is strictly because a lot of work needs to be done to build a $ 20 million building in cities like Lima, Ohio."
The board is expected to announce the next president of Rhodes State in November, by Dr. David Devier and acting president Dr. Cynthia Spiers, two candidates still under discussion.Contact Mackenzi Klemann on 567-242-0456.