December 18, 2014

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Kasich signs capital budget that gives $5.5 million to Lorain County projects

Elizabeth Tomko, right, a nursing instructor at Lorain County Community College, teaches a class on Wednesday. Gov. John Kasich signed a capital budget that will give $4.4 million to LCCC renovation projects. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Elizabeth Tomko, right, a nursing instructor at Lorain County Community College, teaches a class on Wednesday. Gov. John Kasich signed a capital budget that will give $4.4 million to LCCC renovation projects. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

A $2.4 billion capital budget signed into law Wednesday by Gov. John Kasich includes $5.5 million for 10 Lorain County projects.

About $4.4 million is for two Lorain County Community College projects. Tracy Green, a college spokesman, said the $2.4 million Health Careers Building renovation will begin this summer and involve renovating laboratories for clinical science, dental hygiene, physical therapy and phlebotomy programs. The $2 million for the Smart Center for Commercialization will be spent on labs for manufacturing sensor products.

Green said the fact that the programs in both buildings are to create jobs the health care and manufacturing industries helped secure funding.

“We’re excited to get these projects started,” she said.

The third-largest amount of funding is $500,000 for renovations of the Streator Building in Lorain. The building is a former Carnegie library at West 10th Street and Lexington Avenue named after Worthy Streator, a doctor, industrialist, railroad developer, Ohio state senator and mayor of East Cleveland.

The money will be spent on moving exhibits into the second floor of the building, according to Barb Piscopo, Lorain Historical Society executive director. The society is relocating its offices from the Moore House Museum to the first floor of the building this summer.

Piscopo said the society is seeking $2 million for renovations and $1 million for an endowment for the building. She said the $930,000 pledged plus the $500,000 will put the society nearly halfway to its goal, “which is awesome.”

State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, who voted for the bill, said she wishes the county could’ve received more but is pleased about what was received. Manning said it was good to hear the excitement in the voices of constituents when they learned their projects were approved. “Those are good stories to be told,” she said.

Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, also voted for the bill and said he was pleased about the funding. However, Ramos said it doesn’t make up for millions Lorain County communities have lost in aid to local governments since Kasich took office in 2011.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

Project funding

Ten area projects received $5.5 million in funding as part of a $2.4 billion capital budget bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday.

  • All Pro Freight Stadium improvements (Avon) — $45,000
  • Avon Isle renovation Phase 2 (Avon) — $82,775
  • Folger House (Avon Lake) — $150,000
  • Black River Landing Pavilion (Lorain) — $80,000
  • Bruce Chapin Bridge Northcoast Inland Trail (Wakeman) — $45,000
  • Streator Building renovation (Lorain) — $500,000
  • 1812 Block House project (Columbia Station) — $28,000
  • Lorain County Community College Health Careers Building renovation (Elyria) — $2.4 million
  • Lorain County Community College SMART Center for Sensor Commercialization (Elyria) — $2 million
  • Oberlin Gasholder Building Underground Railroad Center (Oberlin) — $200,000

SOURCE: Office of state Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain