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COLUMBUS–Governor George V. Voinovich today, along with area legislators and state officials, cut the ribbon that officially opened the state’s newest facility in the city’s hilltop area.

The facility, located on West Broad Street at the former site of the state’s Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, houses headquarters for the state departments of Public Safety and Transportation. The site also contains the Centre School, which is being renovated into a day care facility for employees’ children, to be completed in the fall.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, Governor Voinovich gave credit to all parties involved in the project by saying, "This project reflects what is good in state government: state and city agencies working with the private sector to provide improved customer service for Ohio citizens."

Voinovich noted that nearly 2,000 state employees are now working at the facility, which he said would benefit the Hilltop community. "These employees will be eating, shopping and doing business on the Hilltop," said Voinovich.

Also on hand at the ribbon cutting were State Senator Eugene Watts, Senate Minority Leader Ben Espy, State Representative Priscilla Mead, Public Safety Director Mitchell J. Brown, Transportation Director Jerry Wray, Administrative Services Director Sandra Drabik, and other special guests.

The Charles D. Shipley Ohio Department of Public Safety Building contains the Administration Division, State Highway Patrol, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and Emergency medical Services. The Emergency Management Agency will remain at its facility on Dublin-Granville Road. The building was named after previous Public Safety Director Charles D. Shipley who passed away last year. The building also houses a Deputy Registrar Agency which provides driver license and vehicle registration services.

The Ohio Department of Transportation building is home to more than 700 Central Office employees responsible for support, policy, and planning functions of Ohio’s transportation system.

The two buildings, along with a warehouse facility on Alum Creek Drive, cost $109 million to complete, $11 million less than the construction estimate.