Millions of dollars would head to Bowie schools, community groups and nonprofits under budgets nearing passage in the Maryland General Assembly.
The Senate last week passed a capital budget for fiscal 2015. On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee introduced its capital budget recommendation to the full House of Delegates.
Some projects in the Bowie, Mitchellville and Glenn Dale areas would receive less cash under one and more under the other.
The full House is expected to vote on the bill Thursday.
In both the Senate and House, lawmakers in District 23 said they were pleased to be seeing state cash flowing to the area.
"It's the most money that's been brought in a long time," said Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith, D-Bowie.
Bowie State University
Bowie State would receive as much as $48.3 million in the House capital budget to construct a natural sciences center.
The school has planned a natural sciences center to house the school's Departments of Natural Science, Nursing and Mathematics. Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State, said last month the building was crucial to support growth for programs that have outgrown their space.
"This exciting new facility will support strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching in the basic sciences as well as faculty and student research that is at the cutting edge of scientific inquiry," Burnim said.
Also under the House's version of the capital budget, Bowie State would get $500,000 for improvements to its track and field facilities.
Pending approval, Benjamin Tasker Middle School would get as much as $2.3 million. Pointer Ridge Elementary would get $1.5 million. Pointer Ridge and Benjamin Tasker are listed in the budget as getting state money for roof projects.
Bowie High School would receive $395,000, according to Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters, D-Prince George's.
The appropriations are even or more than what was requested for the schools. Peters said the success in getting money for schools and other projects was a "direct result of a team approach with the elected officials from the city, county and state."
The fiscal 2015 capital budget passed in the Senate would provide $3 million for the Green Branch Athletic Complex.
But in the House, the Green Branch Athletic Complex wouldn't receive any money.
Peters said the funding will generate about $20 million a year in economic benefits and would create 550 jobs.
In the House, $100,000 has also been allocated to the Bowie Boys and Girls Club. Valentino-Smith said the appropriation will allow the club to offer indoor practices until a larger project can be planned.
Valentino-Smith, Dels. James Hubbard, D-Bowie, Marvin Holmes, D-Prince George's, and Del. Joe Vallario, D-Prince George's all worked on getting the funding to the Boys and Girls Club.
"Keeping kids in the Boys and Girls Club is critical," Vallario said. "It's a very strong organization and we're happy to help."
Also heading to Bowie under both capital budgets is $65,000 for improvements to the Bowie Gymnasium.