Columbus to Invest $400 Million in Neighborhood Programs
On Monday, Columbus City Council passed ordinances to authorize a new bond sale totaling just under $400 million, which would be invested into infrastructure, public safety, public housing and other neighborhood-centric programs throughout the city.
“Our 2018 capital investments enhance the quality of life for all our residents by upgrading critical infrastructure needs and neighborhood amenities throughout the City,” stated Councilmember and Finance Committee Chair Elizabeth Brown. “At the same time, residents save millions in tax dollars thanks to strong fiscal management from city leadership and our city auditor.”
Some of the budgeted projects include:
- $48 million for street resurfacing, lighting and sidewalks.
- $20.6 million for the new interchange at North Broadway and SR-315.
- $20 million for a new Linden Community Recreation Center.
- $15.4 million for additional phases of streetscaping of High Street in the Short North and University District.
- $7.5 million for fire department upgrades.
- $5 million for affordable housing development.
“This plan is critical to upgrading neighborhoods and we are grateful to our residents who’ve supported past voted bond packages to allow many of these projects to advance,” stated Council President Shannon Hardin.
For more information, visit columbus.gov.