As used in sections 122.085 to 122.0820 of the Revised Code:
(1) "Allowable costs" includes costs related to the following:
(a) Acquisition of land and buildings;
(b) Building construction;
(c) Making improvements to land and buildings, including the following:
(i) Expanding, reconstructing, rehabilitating, remodeling, renovating, enlarging, modernizing, equipping, and furnishing buildings and structures, including leasehold improvements;
(ii) Site preparation, including wetland mitigation.
(d) Planning or determining feasibility or practicability;
(e) Indemnity or surety bonds and premiums on insurance;
(f) Remediation, in compliance with state and federal environmental protection laws, of environmentally contaminated property on which hazardous substances exist under conditions that have caused or would likely cause the property to be identified as contaminated by the Ohio environmental protection agency or the United States environmental protection agency;
(g) Infrastructure improvements, including the following:
(i) Demolition of buildings and other structures;
(ii) Installation or relocation of water, storm water and sanitary sewer lines, water and waste water treatment facilities, pump stations, and water storage mechanisms and other similar equipment or facilities;
(iii) Construction of roads, bridges, traffic control devices, and parking lots and facilities;
(iv) Construction of utility infrastructure such as natural gas, electric, and telecommunications, including broadband and hookups;
(v) Water and railway access improvements;
(vi) Costs of professional services.
(2) "Allowable costs" do not include administrative costs assessed by or fees paid to the recipient of a grant.
(C) "Eligible applicant" includes any political subdivision or non-profit economic development organization, and, with prior approval of the director of development, private, for-profit entities. "Eligible applicant" does not include public or private institutions of higher education.
(D) "Eligible project" includes projects that, upon completion, will be sites and facilities primarily intended for commercial, industrial, or manufacturing use. "Eligible projects" do not include sites and facilities intended primarily for residential, retail, or government use.
(E) "Professional services" includes legal, environmental, archeological, engineering, architectural, surveying, design, or other similar services performed in conjunction with an eligible project. "Professional services" also includes designs, plans, specifications, surveys, estimates of costs, and other work products.
Effective Date: 01-04-2006 .