Cincinnati asked to consider kicking in another $10M for Museum Center and Music Hall repairs

City spokesman: 'Nothing's been committed'

CINCINNATI – It's not just Union Terminal that's falling apart.

Dalton Street and the expansive plaza just outside the historic building also need about $9.6 million in repairs, according to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Hamilton County Administrator Christian Sigman told WCPO he has asked Cincinnati City Manager Scott Stiles whether the city might consider absorbing those costs to reduce the overall scope of the project.

"It's not an offer from the county, not a recommendation from the county and not a demand of the county," Sigman said.

The city hasn't signed off on the idea at this point, either, said Rocky Merz, the city's interim communications director.

"Nothing's been committed or approved on that," he said.

Covering those costs would nearly double the city's direct contribution to the massive $331 million plan to restore both Union Terminal and Music Hall.

Insiders can read more about what the city already has pledged to the project, what the leases for the buildings require of the city and what Vice Mayor David Mann thinks of the whole thing.

 

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