Press Room

November 18, 2008

Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission: Jessica Fagan – 614.995.7552; jfagan@culture.ohio.gov
Great Lakes Science Center: Jeff Hirz – 216.696.3823; hirzj@glsc.org

Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission Approves
$1 Million for Great Lakes Science Center

Columbus, Ohio –
The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission approved $1 million at its quarterly meeting today for the Great Lakes Science Center’s enclosed pedestrian walkway connecting the Science Center to the Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum.
The $3.4-million project will construct a glass and steel 400-foot connector, bridging the Great Lakes Science Center’s north end and the Steamship’s south-end public gangway. By providing year-round climate-controlled pedestrian access, the connector will encourage crossover visitors between the science museum and the historic Steamship Mather.

The Commission approval, coupled with the signing of legal agreements, allows the Great Lakes Science Center to be reimbursed on a pro rata basis with funds appropriated in Am. Sub. H.B. 16 and 699 of the 126th General Assembly and Am. Sub. H.B. 562 of the 127th General Assembly. Cuyahoga County General Assembly members who voted in favor of the bill include Senators Timothy Grendell, Dale Miller, Shirley Smith, and Robert Spada; Representatives Barbara Boyd, Jennifer Brady, Armond Budish, Michael DeBose, Timothy DeGeeter, Matthew Dolan, Mike Foley, Josh Mandel, Eugene Miller, Thomas Patton, Michael Skindell, Sandra Williams, and Kenneth Yuko; former Senators Eric Fingerhut, Lance Mason and C. J. Prentiss; and former Representatives Annie Key, Sally Conway Kilbane, James Trakas and Claudette Woodard.

The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission is a state agency that helps enhance the quality of life for Ohioans by improving the state’s cultural facilities. Since 1988, the Commission has disbursed more than $400 million of 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.