Union Terminal

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.

Hamilton County Commissioners will vote Wednesday on a financing plan for repairing Union Terminal.

The plan lays out a public/private partnership and is contingent on voters approving Issue 8, a quarter cent sales tax increase, in November.

Museum Center CEO Doug McDonald says the public/private partnership option also means the project can get started faster and the Museum Center will be able to pay cash up front for the first few years rather than needing loans.

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