Rep. Sykes Announces Over $22 Million In District Funds From State Capital Budget
Says budget highlights priorities important to communities in Northeast Ohio
 
 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the state’s $2.6 billion biennial capital bill. The capital budget is primarily used to fund the upkeep of state facilities, colleges and university campuses and state lands, but also includes a number of community projects of local or regional interest. Sykes announced the bill contains more than $22 million in local projects for House district 34.


“I am pleased to welcome a significant investment of capital improvement funds for our district,” said Rep. Sykes. “These funds support our schools, universities, social services, cultural activities and more by allowing them to expand their physical presence and further develop their services to the community as a whole.”


Capital improvements included in HB 529 for House District 34 include the restoration of the John Brown House, Glendora House for Homeless Families with Children, Stark State College, Greater Akron CDL Training Center, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Campus and the University of Akron Auburn Science & Engineering Center.


Total Amounts listed in House Bill 529 for House district 34 are listed below.


Description                                                           Funding Amount


United Disability Services improvements           $75,000.00


Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Campus                   $550,000.00


Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Parking Lot.  $50,000.00


Akron Civic Theatre Restoration                          $675,000.00


Restoration John Brown House                            $400,000.00


Akron Zoological Park Pride of Africa                 $500,000.00


Basic Renovations – Main                                    $6,932,650.00


Auburn Science & Engineering Center                 $1,200,000.00


Campus Hardscape                                               $1,000,000.00


Campus Infrastructure Improvements                  $3,000,000.00


Whitby Hall Air Handler & Roof Replacements $1,200,000.00


Buckingham Building Renovations                      $1,100,000.00


Crouse/Ayer Hall Consolidation                           $4,000,000.00


University of Akron AMES                                  $850,000.00


Glendora House for Homeless Families               $250,000.00


AxessPointe Community Health Center               $100,000.00


Greater Akron CDL Training Center                    $350,000.00


TOTAL                                                           $22,232,650.00


Sykes, who serves as the House Minority Whip, sits on the House Finance Committee, which oversaw the capital budget process. She represents Ohio’s 34th House district, which includes Akron and parts of Cuyahoga Falls and Bath Township.


With its passage from the House, HB 529 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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