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Findlay projects on Kasich’s list

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s $2.4 billion state construction budget unveiled Tuesday includes recommendations to help fund two Hancock County projects.

The governor is proposing $800,000 be allocated to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, and $300,000 for the Kan Du Community Art Center project.

The performing arts center will be built on the former site of Central Middle School along West Main Cross Street, and will incorporate the auditorium from the school.

The project has an $11 million price tag, according to the governor’s proposal. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has made a large, but unspecified, contribution toward the center.

The Kan Du project, costing a total of $780,000, houses an art studio that offers people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to work and earn a living as an artist, according to the governor’s recommendation. In addition to art exhibitions, the center offers classes for all ages and abilities.

The Kan Du Studio, an extension of Blanchard Valley Industries, currently operates at 329 S. Main St.

The two Findlay projects are included in the $33 million recommended for 66 arts and culture projects statewide.

The governor’s $2.4 billion construction budget would fund a host of community, school, park and prison projects.

Kasich and state legislative leaders introduced the spending blueprint Tuesday. Quick action on the bill is expected.

The bill directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools and $450 million toward public colleges and universities for repairs, renovations and new buildings.

Another $574 million goes for maintenance, renovation and cost-saving projects at state-owned facilities, including parks and prisons.

Road, bridge, sewer and other infrastructure projects would receive $369 million, with an additional $100 million going to the Clean Ohio green space preservation program.

The administration estimates projects funded under the bill would create 31,000 jobs over several years.

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