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Rep. Sykes announces more than $500,000 for University of Akron Campus Safety Project

February 14, 2022
Emilia Strong Sykes News

AKRON – Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several major items, including $530,000 for the University of Akron Campus Safety Project. Rep. Sykes previously supported this project during the Capital Budget of the 133rd General Assembly.

“I’m grateful to see this continued investment at the University of Akron for the safety of the school’s students, staff, and those visiting campus, as well as the South of Exchange Street community,” said Rep. Sykes. “I am proud to have supported this project during the last Capital Budget and am glad to see this funding uphold Ohio’s Promise by ensuring you can live and work with safety and security right here at home.”

This project will continue to improve the safety, security, and appearance of the area south of Exchange Street (approximate boundaries: Exchange St, northern boundary; Spicer St., eastern boundary; Grant St. western boundary; Thorton St., southern boundary). The project will allow for the installation of enhanced street lighting with camera and software technology to provide a safer atmosphere for the community in this residential area.

The funding released today is a part of the Campus Surveillance Camera Initiative, which will allow the University to install approximately 150 digital cameras in open areas and parking lots to increase the safety and security of students, staff, and guests across campus. This is Phase II of a three-phased project at the University of Akron.