The Cultural Facilities Task Force is developing a funding plan to restore the Cincinnati icons of Union Terminal and Music Hall for generations to come. The first step in that funding plan is the passage of Issue 8 on the Hamilton County ballot, which will provide sales tax revenue of $170 million toward the restoration of Union Terminal.
Without passage of Issue 8, the private and public funding that has been committed to both projects is in jeopardy. Successfully securing a public and private solution to the renovation of these icons is vitally important to the future of our region. The Cultural Facilities Task Force has evaluated the needs of Union Terminal and Music Hall, and they both need repairs now, or they will have a limited useful life for our community. The total cost of restoration is approximately $331 million, and the task force is actively working to identify the gap in funding that remains.
The Cultural Facilities Task Force, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Museum Center, Music Hall Revitalization Co. and the resident companies of Music Hall all support the passage of Issue 8 on the November 4 ballot, to ensure that these two icons are removed from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s most endangered list. To receive updates on the project, sign up for our e-mail list, and follow Save our Icons on Facebook & Twitter. For more information on Issue 8, visit myunionterminal.com.