COLUMBUS – State Representative Mark Fraizer (R-Newark) announced today that the State Controlling Board approved the release of $387,294.83 for three separate projects in Licking County.
This first project will allocate $298,555 to restore Hopewell hall on The Ohio State University Newark Campus. Overall Hopewell Hall is in good condition however, the restrooms are original from 1984 and the building could use other upgrades to improve efficiency.
Secondly, $8,859.83 will be released to aid in the completion of a project at the Newark Readiness Center. This funding will further progress the renovations to the Readiness Center.
Lastly, $79,835 has been allocated to renovate a cooling tower, which houses the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Environmental Protect Agency Laboratories at the ODA campus in Reynoldsburg Ohio, Licking County.
The cooling tower is necessary to provide air conditioning to two laboratories on the property, which in turn helps provide cooling for Laboratory personnel, and to protect the integrity of the samples being tested. The current cooling tower is in poor condition.
“I am again pleased to see funding coming home to Licking county to ensure our State facilities are updated and capable of providing the best possible results for our future generations and current workforce,” said Fraizer.