Dem Lawmakers Announce State Support For Key Community Projects
Capital budget bill to allocate funds for economic, cultural improvements

House Minority Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today announced several important community projects will receive state support through the recently introduced capital budget. The Variety Theatre, the Lake Link Trail and Wendy Park, and the Irish Town Bend are some of the major projects in the Lakewood area expected to receive state funds. 

“We will continue the hard work of securing resources that add to the economic health and well-being of our district,” said Antonio. “It is an honor to be a part of this capital budget process, and I will continue to insist that these funds stay committed to necessary projects that ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for the region.” 

The capital budget bill currently includes $1.65 million to finance hard construction and demolition costs to transform the Variety Theatre into a new town center for the Westown neighborhood in Cleveland. In addition, a new $1 million bridge will link the 1.3 mile urban multi-purpose path Lake Link Trail to Wendy Park thanks to state funds, creating lakefront access to the residents of Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas counties. The Irish Town bend is also slated to receive $2.5 million to install steel reinforcement bulkheads.  

“I am thrilled to see the preservation of the historic integrity of the west side of Cleveland included in the capital budget,” said Skindell. “These projects contribute to important assets in our community, whether they are cultural, recreational, or economic. I will continue to advocate for these projects to make sure they are included in the final budget.” 

The capital budget bill is currently under consideration in the Senate. 

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