Landsman Delivers $15M for 15 Southwest Ohio Projects in Federal Government Funding Bills

Mar 06, 2024
Press

Cincinnati, OH – Today, Congressman Greg Landsman (OH-01) announced he has secured $15 million for 15 Southwest Ohio projects in the federal government funding bills that passed the House today and will be signed into law this week.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bills to fund the federal government through September 30, 2024. Included in these government funding bills is $15,006,829 in Community Project Funding that Congressman Landsman secured for 15 local, community-led projects across Southwest Ohio. The 15 projects Congressman Landsman advocated for and which will now receive federal funding range from economic development initiatives and roadway improvements, to water infrastructure, affordable housing, and more.

Each year, members of Congress are able to implement the Community Project Funding process, which allows them to solicit applications from the community for local projects in need of funding assistance. In March 2023, Congressman Landsman began his Community Project Funding process, accepting more than 50 applications for Community Project Funding, and submitting 15 to move forward in the process. All 15 projects Congressman Landsman submitted were included in the Fiscal Year 2024 government funding bills which have now passed the House, will soon pass the Senate, and then will be signed into law by the president this week.

Congressman Landsman:

“We have these incredible leaders doing amazing work, and these investments will make a big difference in our communities, especially in improving the lives of our children and families. We fought very hard to get each local project in the budget because we know how much of an impact bringing tax dollars back home has on our communities.”

Congressman Landsman’s 15 Southwest Ohio Projects

  1. City of Cincinnati – Central Parkway Complete Street Improvement: $4,116,269
    1. The Central Parkway Complete Street Improvement project will remodel Central Parkway into a “Complete Street” – reducing the width of Central Parkway from 106 feet to 70 feet and adding in new turn lates, dedicated pedestrian sidewalks, bicycle tracks, and a greenspace median. Improvements to this key corridor will assist in bridging the divide between two historic neighborhoods, Over-the-Rhine and the West End, and increase connectivity between Downtown and the City’s inner-belt neighborhoods.
  • Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority – Beechwood Affordable Housing: $1,050,000
    • The Beechwood Affordable Housing project will renovate and modernize all apartment units and major systems in this multi-family affordable housing high-rise property in Avondale. Improvements will include replacing boilers and elevator mechanicals, HVAC equipment, roofing systems, appliances, plumbing and electrical systems, additional laundry facilities, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and new energy efficient appliances.
  • University of Cincinnati – Semiconductor and Microelectronics Workforce Development: $963,000
    • The Semiconductor and Microelectronics Workforce Development project will assist in the acquisition of technology and equipment and the development of research programming and coursework to advance engineering and technical education and workforce training for more than 500 new students pursuing semiconductor and microelectronics training in this growing and in-demand career field.
  • Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority – Bus Stop Enhancements: $1,000,000
    • The SORTA Bus Stop Enhancement project will improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of hundreds of bus stops which serve as the first point of contact for tens of thousands of transit riders daily. Enhancements include fixing uneven pavement for wheelchairs and strollers; updating broken shelters; and installing new seating, lighting, and electronic signage.
  • Greater Cincinnati Water Works – Lead Service Line Replacement: $910,000
    • The Lead Service Line Replacement project will replace hundreds of publicly-owned lead service lines – shortening the time frame for Greater Cincinnati Waterworks to completely remove and replace lead service lines on both private property and the public right-of-way.
  • Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority – Lunkenheimer Revitalization: $500,000
    • The Lunkenheimer Revitalization project will rehabilitate an abandoned 150,000-square-foot building and site that was formerly used as a foundry and manufacturing facility in South Fairmount. Revitalization will assist in property remediation that will allow for the building and site to be repurposed for future use that will catalyze new economic development in the surrounding area.
  • City of Franklin – 12” Water Line Connection Replacement: $959,752
    • The 12″ Water Line Connection Replacement project will upsize five municipal waters lines to the appropriate sizes – ensuring an uninterrupted supply of safe drinking water to the community. Improvements will primarily take place in the City’s older South and East sides, home to many low-income and vulnerable community members.
  • City of South Lebanon – Community Center Improvement: $812,797
    • The South Lebanon Community Center Improvement project will renovate a community center that serves as the primary location for the provision of much-needed services – including a food pantry – to low- and moderate-income residents in the community. Improvements include strengthening the structural integrity of the building, replacing the leaky roof, installing energy efficient windows, and repairing the parking lot.
  • City of Loveland – Cherokee Drive Water Main Replacement: $745,000
    • The Cherokee Drive Water Main Replacement project will install thousands of feet of new water mains to replace the outdated existing water lines – ensuring an uninterrupted supply of safe drinking water to the community. Improvements will primarily take place along Cherokee Drive and West Main Street, home to many low- and moderate-income community members.
  1. Mt. Airy Community Urban Redevelopment Enterprise – South Gateway Improvement: $850,000
    1. The Mt. Airy South Gateway Improvement project will rehabilitate a collection of vacant, blighted, and dilapidated buildings and properties in the heart of the neighborhood. A new, 20,000-square-foot mixed-use development at the site will serve as a community anchor that will catalyze new economic development in the Mt. Airy Business District and increase quality of life in the surrounding area.
  1. Village of Terrace Park – Elm Street Water Line Replacement: $400,000
    1. The Elm Street Water Line Replacement project will install hundreds of feet of a new, secondary waters line – ensuring an uninterrupted supply of safe drinking water to the community. Improvements will primarily take place on a section of water line that has broken multiple times in the last several years as a result of heavy traffic on Hamilton County Route 50.
  1. City of Springboro – S.R. 741 / Lytle Five Points Intersection Reconstruction: $850,000
    1. The S.R. 741 / Lytle Five Points Intersection Reconstruction project will update a critical intersection through which 20,000 vehicles pass every day for commuter and commercial purposes. Reconstruction will include infrastructure upgrades, new turn lanes and safety features, better lighting and signage, and improved pedestrian access that will reduce congestion and hazards and facilitate new economic development in the surrounding area.
  1. City of Madeira – Camargo Road-East Phase 2 Improvement: $850,000
    1. The Camargo Road-East Phase 2 Improvement project will reconstruct 1.2 miles of a major corridor through the City’s main commercial and residential area. Improvements will include road resurfacing and full depth repairs and the installation of new streetscape enhancements, curbs, and sidewalks – increasing safety and efficiency for road users and supporting access to public transit for nearby residents of senior and assisted living facilities.
  1. Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation – Findlay Community Center Improvement: $500,000
    1. The Findlay Community Center Improvement project will redevelop the existing Findlay Playground, Grant Park, and Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center into a world-class community campus in Over-the-Rhine. Improvements will include the development of a 51,000-square-foot state-of-the-art community center with an array of indoor and outdoor amenities to support diverse programming – including athletic fields and courts, fitness classrooms, aquatic facilities, and multi-purpose community facilities.
  1. Queen Mother’s Market Cooperative – Queen Mother’s Market Establishment: $500,000
    1. The Queen Mother’s Market Establishment project will establish a brick-and-mortar grocery store in Walnut Hills. The new grocery store will primarily benefit seniors and vulnerable community members who have lacked nearby access to quality food options since 2017.

More information on the Community Project Funding process can be found here. The opening of the Fiscal Year 2025 Community Project Funding process is expected to begin in Spring 2024.

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