Author: AIA Ohio

Board of Building Standards Adopts Amendments

During its meeting on December 15, 2017, the Board of Building Standards adopted amendments to the Residential Code of Ohio, Elevator rules and Certification rules effective January 1, 2018. The Board initiated the rule change process in February 2017 and the rules have been available in draft form on the Board’s website.  The final adopted rules with detailed summaries can be found at the following links: Residential Code of Ohio Rules Elevator Rules Certification Rules If you have questions related to these amendments, please contact the Board Office at (614) 644-2613...

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Capital Budget Bill In Progress

Ohio Budget and Management Director Tim Keen says he expects the capital bill to go to the Legislature by the end of February and be passed by April 1. That gets it in ahead of the General Assembly’s break and 90 days out from July 1 when many of the provisions will need to be effective. After two previous rounds where Gov. John Kasich convened a panel of higher education leaders to pare down capital requests from institutions, the administration has changed things up for the upcoming capital budget. Instead of using a higher education funding commission, Cleveland State President Ron Berkman is working with four-year institutions on a list of their needs, while Stark State President Para Jones is working with the community colleges. According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), both presidents are asking their colleagues for input and are narrowing the list of requested projects to those that align closest with the principles given to them by the administration. Previously, Kasich had convened one panel representing both four-year and community colleges to help divide up the pot for capital budget dollars in higher education. Schools are also expecting to have a smaller pool of money to work with in this capital budget than under 131-SB310, the last capital appropriations budget. ODHE said colleges and universities were asked to devote the vast majority of their capital requests to maintaining...

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State Awards More than $28M in Historic Tax Credits

The Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) awarded $28,370,452 in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits to rehabilitate 22 historic buildings in 11 communities, the agency announced Tuesday. The projects are expected to lead to approximately $165,386,833 in private investment, DSA said in a news release. The awards include projects in three communities — Amherst, Cleveland Heights and Mansfield — that are receiving an Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit for the first time. “Preserving historic buildings saves the unique history of our neighborhoods and downtowns,” DSA Director David Goodman said. “It also adds to the quality of life the community offers residents and visitors.” Many of the buildings are vacant and generate little economic activity. Once rehabilitated, they will drive further investment in adjacent property. Developers do not receive the tax credit until project construction is complete and all program requirements are verified. The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered in partnership with the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. The State Historic Preservation Office determines if a property qualifies as a historic building and that the rehabilitation plans comply with the U.S. secretary of the interior’s standards for rehabilitation. CENTRAL REGION 46 Park Ave. West (Mansfield, Richland County) Total Project Cost: $1,100,000 Total Tax Credit: $249,900 Address: 46 Park Ave. West, 44902 This building is one of two projects to be funded this round in Mansfield and one of...

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Appeals Court Upholds Local Residency Requirement Law

The 8th District Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s ruling that 131-HB180 (Maag) is unconstitutional. The bill, signed into law in August 2016, prohibits local governments from requiring contractors to hire a certain percentage of local individuals for public...

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The AIA Condemns Senate-Passed Tax Bill

On Sunday, the AIA issued a statement on the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate narrowly passed the bill early Saturday morning with a final vote of 51 to 49. The press release in its entirety follows below: WASHINGTON, D.C., – December 3, 2017 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will lobby aggressively in coming days against significant inequities in both the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, just as the legislation heads into conference. The House legislation abolishes the Historic Tax Credit (HTC), vital to the revitalization of America’s city centers and widely hailed as an economic engine since the Reagan Administration put them into place more than three decades ago. The Senate bill eliminates the current 10 percent credit for pre-1936 structures, and significantly dilutes the current 20 percent credit for certified historic structures by spreading it over a five-year period. The Senate’s tax reform bill allows small businesses that are organized as “pass through” companies (i.e. partnerships, sole proprietorships and S-Corporations) to reduce income through a 23 percent deduction. But, like the House-passed bill, the Senate bill totally excludes certain professional services companies—including all but the smallest architecture firms—from tax relief. Says AIA 2017 President Thomas Vonier, FAIA: “By weakening the Historic Tax Credits, Congress and the Administration will hurt historic rehabilitation projects all across...

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