Senate District 16
Stephanie Kunze
$3.5 Billion Investment for Ohio's Communities, Senator Stephanie Kunze Secures More than $20 Million for Franklin County Projects
May 31, 2022

COLUMBUS—State Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) announced $21.6 million in funding for key community projects for Franklin County.

The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years, funding needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, and mental health and addiction facilities.

Projects that received $2 million or more include the Gracehaven Multipurpose Building, The Heritage Trail Extension and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

The Capital Budget also provided more than $700 million for school facilities, and an additional $100 million for school security upgrades.

“Now more than ever, we need to make sure key community projects move forward as our neighborhoods emerge from the pandemic,” said Senator Kunze. “I’m very pleased that we provided additional dollars to school facilities around the state, with a strong investment for school security.”

Here is a list of all the Capital Budget Projects for Franklin County:

  • Gracehaven – Multipurpose Building $2.5 million

  • Heritage Trail Extension $2.5 million

  • Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio $2.25

  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra $2 million

  • Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland STEM $1.5

  • Franklin Park Conservatory Palm House Renovation $1 million

  • Boundless Health Campus Expansion $900,000

  • CAPA Central Presbyterian Church $650,000

  • Zora's House $600,000

  • Goodwill Columbus $500,000

  • Van Buren Center Restoration $500,000

  • York Mason Building Renovation $500,000

  • Upper Arlington Community Center $450,000

  • Dublin Brown-Harris Historic Cemetery Preservation $450,000

  • Grove City Frontier Playground at Fryer Park $450,000

  • Hillard Hamilton-Clover Groff Trail Project $450,000

  • Worthington McCord Park renovations $450,000

  • Kitchen of Life $450,000

  • Columbus Refuge Residential Capacity Expansion $400,000

  • Bexley Alum Creek Pedestrian/Bike Bridge $350,000

  • Columbus Museum of Art $350,000

  • Whitehall Rockwell Amphitheater $300,000

  • Harriet's Hope $300,000

  • Rickenbacker Boyhood Home $250,000

  • East Side Dental Clinic $250,000

  • Grove City / Grant Sawyer Carriage House $200,000

  • Star House $200,000

  • Columbus College of Art and Design $100,000

  • Gahanna Exploration Center $100,000

  • New Albany Veterans Memorial at Rose Run Park $100,000

  • Columbus YWCA Family Center $100,000

  • Dublin Arts Council – Muirfield Drive project $100,000

  • Gravity Phase II $75,000

Once passed by both chambers, the Capital Budget bill will go to Governor DeWine for his signature.
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