Senate District 23
Nickie J. Antonio
Antonio Announces Millions in State Investment for Senate District 23
June 1, 2022
Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) praised the Ohio Senate’s passage of the state’s Capital Budget, which includes $3.7 million for eleven economic development projects within Ohio’s 23rd Senate District and over $23 million for Cuyahoga County as a whole. 

The Capital Budget appropriates $3.5 billion in total funding for capital improvement projects around the state. It includes $809 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding for school safety grants, state park improvements, trails and local water and sewer infrastructure improvements. Additionally, it provides roughly $1.2 billion to support the Intel semiconductor project.

“In a time when our state is starting to rebuild after the Covid-19 pandemic, this investment in community projects will give organizations, higher education facilities and municipalities a much-needed boost,” said Antonio. “Additionally, I am grateful for the Biden Administration and Democrats in Congress for these crucial ARPA dollars to further our economic recovery, support our workers and families and help our communities thrive.”

Local projects in the bill include:

•    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: $1,700,000
•    Cleveland Christian Home: $700,000
•    Ohio Aerospace Institute: $500,000
•    The Beck Center, a performing arts and art education organization: $200,000
•    The Centers: $100,000
•    The Lyric Center: $75,000
•    City of Brook Park Christine’s Hope: $100,000
•    City of Brook Park Central Park: $75,000
•    City of Middleburg Heights Memorial Hall Courtyard: $104,000
•    City of Parma Park Improvements: $90,000
•    Village of Cuyahoga Heights Willowbrook Connector Trail: $75,000

Antonio also advocated for significant projects in Cuyahoga County that received capital funding, including: 

•    $1 million for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
•    $1 million for the Bellefaire Jewish Children's Bureau  
•    $1 million for the Playhouse Square
•    $900,000 for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
•    $500,000 for the Severance Hall
•    $900,000 for the Cleveland Museum of Art 
•    $750,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank
•    $700,000 for the Providence House East Side Campus
•    $850,000 for the Irishtown Bend & Canal Basin Park
•    $500,000 for the Cleveland Institute of Music Kulas Hall
•    $350,000 for the May Dugan Center
The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature. 

The full list of funded projects throughout Cuyahoga County and across Ohio is accessible here
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