Written by J. Patrick Eaken
July 10, 2009
The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission approved $4.9 million for the Marina District in a special meeting.
The state capital appropriations will be used by the city of Toledo for the development of the riverfront park portion of the $300-million Marina District development. The park project will develop 22.58 acres of city-owned land along the Maumee River.
The project will feature a public road, multipurpose path, boardwalk, public gathering places, and open-air performance spaces, including multiple sites that can be used for public entertainment and cultural programming. The project also will include interpretive panels displayed throughout the park depicting the historical significance of the Maumee River area.
The commission approval, coupled with the signing of legal agreements, allows the city of Toledo to be reimbursed on a pro rata basis with funds appropriated Am. H.B. 530 and Am. Sub. H.B. 699 of the 126th General Assembly. Lucas County General Assembly members who voted in favor of the bills include Senators Teresa Fedor and Mark Wagoner, Representatives Edna Brown, Randy Gardner and Peter Ujvagi, and former Representative Jeanine Perry.
“My deepest thanks to Governor Strickland, Chief of Staff Haseley, OCFC Executive Director Kathy Fox and State Representative Peter Ujvagi for making this grant happen. The Marina District moves onward and upward as Toledo’s newest waterfront neighborhood,” Toledo Mayor Carleton S. Finkbeiner said.
The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission is a state agency that supports economic development, expands educational opportunities, and enhances the quality of life for Ohioans by improving the state’s cultural facilities.
Since 1988, the commission has disbursed more than $400 million in capital funds appropriated by the Legislature and Governor for facility improvement projects at nonprofit theaters, museums, historical sites and publicly owned professional sports venues. The commission partners with nonprofit groups and local governments on more than 300 projects in 72 of Ohio’s 88 counties. For more information on the Commission, visit www.culture.ohio.gov.