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Rep. Jarrells Announces $1.2 Million for Columbus State Community College Project and $380,000 for Franklinton Commercial Building

May 8, 2023
Dontavius L. Jarrells News

State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) announced today that the Ohio Controlling Board approved state funds to be allocated to two projects in House District 1.

Over $1.2 million has been allocated to the Moeller Hall Chillers and Boilers Replacement Project at Columbus State Community College. 

“I am very pleased with the approval of these funds for Columbus State Community College,” said Rep. Jarrells. “As Ranking Member of the Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education, I recognize that any investment in higher education is an investment in the successful future of Ohio. Improving these facilities is one step further to ensure all Ohioans have access to the educational opportunities they deserve.”

The existing chiller and boiler system in Moeller Hall has resulted in system inefficiencies and frequent maintenance. This replacement project will include the removal of the existing boilers, chillers, and cooling tower and replacing them with the properly sized units to allow greater efficiencies and energy savings and less disruption to academic operations.

The Controlling Board also authorized the allotment of a $380,000 loan to Ceegee Holdings LLC to assist in financing the purchase and renovation of a 7,500 square-foot commercial building located at 1094 McKinley Avenue in Columbus to provide additional space for growth and future employment.

“The approval of this project is a major win for House District 1,” said Rep. Jarrells. “As the population in Columbus continues to grow, it is imperative that we continue investing in our city’s commercial infrastructure. By doing so, we ensure economic opportunity, growth, and equity are a reality for all residents.” 

Additionally, the Controlling Board approved $20 million in federal grant dollars to invest in the Ohio Department of Education. The money, which is made up of three separate agenda items, will be used for academic support to low-income families, career tech education, and improving conditions in schools.

Other approved Controlling Board items include:

•$20 million appropriation for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program.

•$9.25 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for improvements to state parks across Ohio. The funds, which are made up of three separate agenda items, will be used to clean up the parks and enhance the recreational experience.

•$18 million to plug over 130 abandoned (orphan) oil and gas wells.