Who is backing the Save Our Icons initiative?
Save Our Icons is supported Cincinnati Museum Center and the Music Hall Revitalization Company.
Is Save Our Icons still happening?
Yes. The group behind Save Our Icons is developing a funding plan that will ensure that both Music Hall and Union Terminal are successfully renovated. Meanwhile, Save Our Icons will continue to raise awareness about the need to restore both endangered Cincinnati icons.
Issue 8 to support Union Terminal is supported by the Cultural Facilities Task Force, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Museum Center, Music Hall Revitalization Company and the resident companies of Music Hall.
Why was Music Hall restoration excluded from the Issue 8?
The Cultural Facilities Task Force (the driver behind Save our Icons) proposed a plan for a sales tax increase that would benefit both Music Hall and Union Terminal. Ultimately, the Hamilton County Commissioners voted to place an amended plan on the ballot, one that shortens the period for the quarter-cent sales tax increase, but that only benefits Union Terminal restoration. The Cultural Facilities Task Force continues its work on an alternative funding plan for Music Hall, but that plan depends on the passage of Issue 8, to ensure all committed public and private dollars can be utilized. Without passage of Issue 8 on November 4, the future funding for both buildings is uncertain.
I want to vote for Music Hall. Can I? Does it have another chance on the ballot?
There are no current plans for a future tax levy benefiting Music Hall. However, the future of Music Hall restoration depends on the passage of Issue 8 on November 4. Issue 8 is the short-term, quarter-cent sales tax increase that would provide about $170 million toward restorations at Union Terminal. These funds will be paired with private fundraising, historic tax credits, State of Ohio capital grants to accomplish 100% of the repairs needed to fix Union Terminal for generations to come.
The Cultural Facilities Task Force, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, 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.
Do the icons need “saving?” Could they be torn down?
Both facilities need $331 million in repairs, based on the input of dozens of independent construction and engineering experts who examined the facilities and identified urgent repairs that are needed to keep the buildings functional. If we don’t make the repairs and renovations soon, each building has a limited useful life remaining. The cost of maintenance and patch-work repairs will become too expensive for Cincinnati Museum Center or Music Hall companies to maintain and they would be forced to move to other facilities.
Because of the overwhelming need, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed Music Hall and Union Terminal among its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
How can I get involved in the effort to save these icons?
We are asking people to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our mailing list to learn more, support the initiative and get involved. Visit myunionterminal.com tol earn how you can support Issue 8 on November 4.