OUS seeking $900K in state budget for improvements
PROCTORVILLE, Ohio -- Ohio University-Southern is hoping to get more than $800,000 for planned maintenance and renovation work at the Ironton campus and another $100,000 for a walking track at the Proctorville Center, Dan Evans, Southern campus interim dean, said Tuesday.
Ohio University has a six-year maintenance plan for its buildings, including needed HVAC work, Evans said.
The new item in the capital bill currently being reviewed by the state legislature includes funding for a long-discussed walking track at the Proctorville Center. State Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, was able to secure money for the walking track in the proposed budget, Evans said.
The Proctorville Center is located on a 12-acre site north of Proctorville. The Southern Campus also has acquired an additional parcel and Lawrence County owns an adjacent parcel that can be used for the outdoor walking track. The university currently lets youth soccer leagues use some of the property during the summer, Evans said.
The outdoor walking track is the first phase of a plan to develop multi-purpose fields on the property, Evans said. "We plan to begin work there this summer," he said.
The university has about $175,000 for a multi-year plan to develop the walking track and develop soccer fields, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court and a tennis court, he said.
"They use the property now, but we want to make the soccer fields more user friendly," Evans said.
Developing a walking track and fields for sports like soccer and tennis have been in the plans since the Proctorville Center opened at the site, Evans said.
The walking track and soccer fields have a lot of community support, Evans said. They are the first phase of a multi-phase project at the Proctorville Center, he said.
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