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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine - Washington Park & Music Hall Projects
« Reply #1155 on: November 05, 2012, 08:54:09 AM »
Rehab of Memorial Hall may become 3CDC job
County to hear pitch for public-private partnership


Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. has spearheaded the revitalization of Fountain Square, Washington Park and Over-the-Rhine.

Now they may take on a new challenge: renovating historic Hamilton County-owned Memorial Hall.

Today the nonprofit developer will make a presentation to Hamilton County Commissioners about its public-private capability to help renovate Memorial Hall, which sits adjacent to recently renovated Washington Park.

Also scheduled to attend the meeting: representatives from the nonprofit Memorial Hall Society, the group that manages Memorial Hall for Hamilton County.

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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine - Washington Park, Music & Memorial Hall Projects
« Reply #1156 on: November 05, 2012, 09:30:28 AM »
I was not expecting this. Interesting idea, though. I wonder if 3CDC would want to do the programming of Memorial Hall too. I'm ok with them programming Washington Park and Fountain Square, but I don't think I would support them programming Memorial Hall.
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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine - Washington Park, Music & Memorial Hall Projects
« Reply #1157 on: December 18, 2012, 12:49:50 PM »
Music Hall lease deal done

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After months of impasse, it appears that the city and the group hoping to revitalize Music Hall have struck an agreement.

The mayor and the Music Hall Revitalization Co. will announce the terms of a lease agreement on Wednesday morning in a news conference at Music Hall. The Music Hall lease likely will be on the agenda for the final council meeting of the year tomorrow before council breaks for Christmas.

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Even if a deal is announced, many questions linger about the project. There is belief in the arts community that there may not be enough money to carry out the ambitious design plans proposed for the hall. Initially, the group said it would spend $50 million in infrastructure improvements, and another $110 million to update, revitalize and remodel the hall, a National Historic Landmark. Now, some say, those plans have been greatly scaled back.

In addition, there is no known start date for construction to begin. In August, Otto M. Budig, Jr., the local businessman who heads the revitalization group, hinted that the project start would be delayed for a third time as talks continued behind closed doors, throwing season planning for Music Hall’s resident companies – Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati May Festival – into uncertainty.

Construction was previously announced to begin in May 2014, with the hall’s resident arts groups returning to the refurbished venue during the fall of 2015.
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What will it cost to fix our icons?

Cincinnati's iconic Union Terminal and Music Hall need a combined $331 million to transform them from crumbling buildings to state-of-the-art cultural showcases.

That's the conclusion of business leaders who have spent seven months studying the historic buildings and coming up with a plan to save them.

Their plan goes to Hamilton County commissioners Monday, but The Enquirer got an exclusive first look at the details.

The bottom line: About two-thirds of the renovation costs – more than $225 million – would come through a higher sales tax or property tax. The rest would come from $40 million in private donations and another $66 million from local, state and federal tax credits and grants.

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What will it cost to fix our icons?

Cincinnati's iconic Union Terminal and Music Hall need a combined $331 million to transform them from crumbling buildings to state-of-the-art cultural showcases.

That's the conclusion of business leaders who have spent seven months studying the historic buildings and coming up with a plan to save them.

Their plan goes to Hamilton County commissioners Monday, but The Enquirer got an exclusive first look at the details.

The bottom line: About two-thirds of the renovation costs – more than $225 million – would come through a higher sales tax or property tax. The rest would come from $40 million in private donations and another $66 million from local, state and federal tax credits and grants.

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COAST has come out against "Save Our Icons", which is the proposal to rehab Union Terminal and Music Hall by putting a sales tax on the ballot in Hamilton County.

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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine: Washington Park, Music & Memorial Hall Projects
« Reply #1160 on: September 20, 2014, 09:33:54 AM »
Memorial Hall preparing for a rebirth
Janelle Gelfand, jgelfand@enquirer.com 8:29 a.m. EDT September 20, 2014



Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine will be closing in May for its first renovation since 1992.

Earlier this week, William Baumann, who heads the board of the nonprofit Cincinnati Memorial Hall Society, outlined the steps that are being taken to preserve what supporters feel is an under-appreciated gem.

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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine: Washington Park, Music & Memorial Hall Projects
« Reply #1161 on: October 29, 2014, 09:19:57 AM »

This Cincinnati park is among the 5 best in the U.S.
Oct 29, 2014, 7:21am EDT
Erin Caproni Digital Producer- Cincinnati Business Courier



A Cincinnati park was one of five in the nation that were named as finalists for the Urban Land Institute's 2014 Urban Open Space Award.

Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine was recognized on the list as "the most democratic site in the region" for its attraction of visitors from a variety of backgrounds to its features. The 8-acre park includes a civic lawn, performance stage, 7,000-square-foot water feature, a Civil War-era bandstand, enclosed children's playground and fenced-in dog park.

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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine: Washington Park, Music & Memorial Hall Projects
« Reply #1162 on: November 13, 2014, 11:05:11 AM »
WLWT reports that Music Hall may be eligible for a $15 million state grant to help fund its renovation.

Meanwhile, in the comments section, here's what WLWT viewers think about Music Hall:

"Use what money you have collected so far to hire a wrecking ball."

"we don't need old building anymore than street car. columbus as stupid as cincy."

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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine: Washington Park, Music & Memorial Hall Projects
« Reply #1163 on: November 13, 2014, 12:22:39 PM »
Take online comments with a grain of salt. Have they applied for state historic tax credits?

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Re: Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine: Washington Park, Music & Memorial Hall Projects
« Reply #1164 on: November 13, 2014, 01:06:43 PM »
Take online comments with a grain of salt. Have they applied for state historic tax credits?

Yes, Music hall applied for the new "Catalytic" project Historic Tax Credit where you can get $25MM over a 5 year period for a project. Music Hall, The May Company Building in Cleveland, and The Union Trust Company building in Cleveland all applied for the $25MM total.

From what I understand it is awarded to 1 project every two years.

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