Mayor Cranley announces plans for more of Cincinnati’s stimulus money

Mayor Cranley hopes to use federal stimulus money for King Records, sculpture park

CINCINNATI (FOX19) -Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is continuing to push for some big projects he hopes to see complete with $291 million in stimulus money the city expects to receive from the federal government.

He announced the city is making investments in neighborhoods in general, and the west side in particular.

“We are in a transformational time for neighborhood renaissance and the momentum continues,” Cranley said.

This is the sixth in a series of announcements over the coming days regarding the use of federal stimulus funds.

The mayor proposed dedicating $4 million to neighborhood business districts, $3 million towards the revitalization of the old Mercy hospital site in Westwood, and $5 million towards the expansion of Mt. Airy forest trails.

“As we prepare for the Summer of Cincinnati love to commence, there is also money proposed to extend our pool season, summer camp hours, and improve the Rapid Run Park and Dunham center,” Cranley said. “Our neighborhoods are progressing beautifully and I hope to continue supporting their growth through our stimulus funds.”

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The mayor said earlier this week he wants to install a sculpture park honoring Cincinnati’s African American trailblazers and restore the King Records building in Evanston.

The federal government has yet to put out guidelines on how the money can be used.

Federal guidelines on how the money can be spent are still not out.

The plans also still need City Council approval.

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