Hamilton County Commission
2:43 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Memorial Hall lease deal will fund renovations

Memorial Hall during filming for "Ides of March."
Memorial Hall during filming for "Ides of March."
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Historic Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine is getting a new lease on life.

Hamilton County Commissioners are leasing the performance hall to 3CDC. The 40-year-deal will allow for major renovations.

Marge Hammelrath is CEO of the Memorial Hall Society. She says the organization will maintain oversight of the building and its operations.

"That's our thing that we worked for in this agreement. We wanted to make sure that the hall stays in the hands of the people and we represent {the} community as a non profit," she says.

Commissioners say the new partnership will make Memorial Hall a sustainable asset for the future.

3CDC will seek state historic tax credits to pay for the renovations.