However, CEP board members raised concerns that the CEP could be held liable if a problem arose with the kitchen. The food council is not legally recognized by Ohio, and that group will seek to become a limited liability company to allow the project to move forward.
“The site in St. Paris is ideal and the food council has been working on this for quite some time,” said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for the CEP. “Steve (Hess) will be meeting with the food council to work on establishing the LLC so we can move forward with further collaboration such as owning the equipment and leasing back to the food council.”
CEP members also briefly discussed a proposed $10,000 study on whether commercial and residential development on the east side of Urbana is feasible. However, board members pointed to a proposal by Memorial Health of Marysville to build a 23,000 square foot outpatient facility on the east side of the city. In addition, Urbana City Schools has announced plans to build a new K-8 building in the area.
CEP board members voted to hold off on the study for because both of those projects would significantly impact the study’s results.