Nov 8, 2021 - News
Catch up quick: New capital improvements budget
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Investments in local policing, community swimming pools and affordable housing are among the top priorities of the latest Columbus capital improvements budget.

Driving the news: City Council recently approved the $1.26 billion plan through 2026, which includes carry over from the last budget and $766 million in new spending.

Noteworthy items:

🚸 More than $125 million for road infrastructure, from street and sidewalk repairs to pedestrian safety projects.

🏊 More than $63 million for improving parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities.

  • That includes $12 million to planned renovations for the Glenwood and Windsor swimming pools.

🏘️ $35 million to affordable housing projects across the city.

👮 About $30 million toward policing, including a new police substation in the Hilltop and a "Real Time Crime Center" in Linden.

  • That includes $4.5 million for a new 911 call center.

🏥 $3.5 million toward a mental health and addiction crisis center.

🚗 $2 million to a parking garage to serve the Gravity 2.0 mixed-use neighborhood in Franklinton.

ğŸŽ¨ $59,370 for public art projects.

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