Reps. Duffey And Grossman Announce Passage Of Legislation Authorizing Local, State-Owned Land Sale
Conveyance to benefit Autism treatment center in Columbus
December 05, 2013
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State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill 201 through the Ohio House of Representatives, which is legislation that authorizes the transfer of land in Franklin County from The Ohio State University to Step by Step Academy, Inc.

Step by Step Academy is a private, non-profit mental health center in Columbus that specializes in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to testimony from the State and Local Government Committee in the House of Representatives, this land transfer will allow Step by Step Academy to assist 75 more children, and if the bill is enacted prior to 2014, the academy will be able to reduce mortgage payments in half, saving them $360,000 in a year.

“In cooperation with city officials, the legislature approved the OSU Harding property’s transfer to Step-by-Step Academy, an innovative provider of services to children with Autism,” said Rep. Duffey. “This will increase investment in the property, help to remediate deteriorating buildings, and create up to 90 new jobs to support Worthington. Long term, the job growth potential for this property is significant and I look forward to helping the city achieve its goals.”

The cost of land is $4,500,000 with proceeds benefiting The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The use of proceeds will be split into three parts, according to committee testimony. Fifty percent will go towards clinical care in the form of mental health needs and psychiatric emergencies. Twenty-five percent of the funds will support OSU research and the last 25 percent will increase opportunities for OSU medical students to receive psychiatric and behavioral health training.

“As families manage and take care of children on the autism spectrum, I am grateful to have the Step by Step Academy available to our central Ohio families,” Rep. Grossman said. “This conveyance of property is a win-win for all parties.”

S.B. 201 passed through the House with bipartisan support and will now go to Governor Kasich for his signature.

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