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Rep. Sykes announces over $3 million in new capital funds for House District 34

June 3, 2022
Emilia Strong Sykes News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the passage of the capital budget, House Bill (HB) 687, by the Ohio House of Representatives. The capital budget appropriates resources to state owned infrastructure, colleges, universities and school districts, as well as other community projects. The capital budget is typically passed every 2 years with this year’s budget appropriating over $3.5 billion to counties across Ohio, with $191 million being allocated to community projects. 

“I am proud to have secured a significant investment for the House District 34 community. The funds will provide our residents with economic and cultural opportunities that makes our community such a great place to call home,” said Rep. Sykes. “Delivering meaningful results to our community is my top priority and these funds will benefit this area for decades to come.”

Rep. Sykes helped to secure over $7.4 million in funding for the following Summit County projects: 

$250,000 for the Summit County Fairgrounds Improvements;
$1,000,000 for the Akron Area YMCA Camp Y-Noah Capital Improvement;
$750,000 for the Copley Ridgewood Trail;
$338,000 for the Glen Chamberlain Park;
$275,000 for the Willadale Trail-Boettler/Southgate Connector;
$120,000 for the North Fork Preserve of Bath;
$100,000 for the Akron Zoo Additional Animal Housing Phase II;
$65,000 for the Ellsworth Hills Learning Lab;
$500,000 for the Akron Art Museum’s Center for Creative Learning;
$500,000 for the International Soap Box Derby;
$500,000 for Stan Hywet Hall and Garden;
$300,000 for the New Franklin Tudor House;
$250,000 for the Cranz Farm at Hale Farm and Village;
$80,000 for the Case Barlow Farm;
$75,000 for Hudson Historic Boy Scout Cabin;
$50,000 for the G.A.R. Hall Historic Rehabilitation;
$50,000 for the Oviatt House;
$1,500,000 Blossom Music Center; 
$250,000 for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio’s STEM Center of Excellence;
$75,000 for the Shaw Jewish Community Center;
$250,000 for CHC Addiction Services;
$150,000 for the Akron Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Services Renovation.

The capital budget now heads to the Governor’s desk for approval.