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ODOT Selling prime properties
Auction to be held January 29, 2015​

LIMA (Tuesday, January 6, 2015)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will sell by public auction two properties near Lima with opportunity for commercial growth.

The properties will be offered at auction on Thursday, January 29 beginning promptly at 6 p.m., at the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 headquarters located at 1885 N. McCullough St., Lima.

The auction will be held in the main conference room (room 39). Registration will begin at 5 p.m. Auction participants may enter the District 1 office at the main entrance located on the northeast side of the building.

The first property is a 2.598-acre lot located at the intersection of Ohio 117/Bellefontaine Avenue and Greely Chapel Road. The property is in a prime location near multiple retail, restaurant and hospitality businesses. All utilities are available at the interstate commerce site.

The second property is a 0.398-acre lot located at the north side of the intersection of Ohio 309/Elida Road and Robb Avenue. The property is along a major traffic corridor leading to the Lima Mall and other retail, restaurant and hospitality businesses. All utilities are available at the location.

Both properties are excess parcels, meaning they are not needed by ODOT for highway right of way purposes. The properties are being offered at auction because of their prime location and because of the unique opportunity they provide for development.

“This is property we’d like to return back to the market so it can be developed into something beneficial for business and the community,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.

An agent from Straley Realty of Van Wert, which is conducting the auction, will be on site at each property from 5-6 p.m. on January 8 and January 22.

Live and online bidding will be available on the day of the auction on the Straley Realty website at

For additional information or questions about the properties, please contact Chester Straley at 419-605-8410 or visit the Straley Realty website at


Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.




For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email