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Preparations are underway for construction to begin this summer on the Union Terminal restoration.

Members of the Union Terminal Restoration Advisory Committee (UTRAC) are expected to tell Hamilton County Commissioners later this month that the project is on time and on budget.

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When The Art of the Brick opens next week at the Cincinnati Museum Center, visitors will be able to look and play.

A companion exhibit titled Brickopolis is an interactive gallery with kid-sized work tables and bins full of LEGO bricks for children and adults to make their own creations.

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Renovations and repairs to Union Terminal are expected to start next June.  The work will start after Hamilton County Commissioners approve a development agreement.

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This week, Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to focus on the agreement that will govern the repair process for Union Terminal.  

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Built at the same time as Union Terminal in 1932, the fountain in front of the iconic train station echoes the famous art deco design. Cincinnati Museum Center officials say the return of water to the fountain is an annual rite of passage signaling the beginning of summer.

Hamilton County's sales tax goes up Wednesday.

The quarter cent increase was approved by voters in November to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

Ohio Department of Taxation Communications Director Gary Gudmundson says vendors were notified in February about the upcoming change.

"These transitions typically go pretty smoothly," says Gudmundson. "The technology has made it easier for vendors to adjust their cash registers to correctly charge and collect the proper sales tax."

Cincinnati Museum Center officials will decide soon on which firm will renovate the art deco landmark.

Last year, taxpayers approved a five-year, quarter cent sales tax to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

According to a statement, BHDP Architecture, GBBN architects and Quinn Evans Architects are the three finalists. The first two are Cincinnati-based companies. The third is based in Washington D.C. and Ann Arbor, MI.

Teams will present proposals in the coming weeks.

A final decision is expected by early April.

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Work is underway setting up a structure and oversight committee for the Union Terminal repair project. County Administrator Christian Sigman says "this is very similar to what the city and the county did with the Joint Banks Steering Committee."

Like The Banks, the Union Terminal project will be done under a public/private partnership. A project manager has not been hired yet.

In November, taxpayers approved a five year, quarter cent sales tax to fund the upgrades.
 

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It was a big night for Issue 8 supporters as Hamilton County voters agreed to a five-year, quarter cent sales tax to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

The tally in the unofficial vote on Tuesday evening was 143,130, or 61 percent, voting for the levy and 89,972, or 39 percent, against.

If Hamilton County voters approve a sales tax increase to repair Union Terminal, the work will be done under a public/private partnership.

Commissioners are directing the county administrator to begin drafting an agreement to set up the public-private partnership or P3.

Under this option, a private group like 3CDC would handle all the repair planning.

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