The City of Cincinnati and the Music Hall Revitalization
Company (MHRC) held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the Music Hall
Mayor Mark Mallory and MHRC President and Chairman Otto M. Budig Jr. announced
a lease that will preserve and modernize Music Hall. The lease is for 75
years and includes the City's already-approved $10 million commitment to the
always said that we would get a deal done to preserve and update Music
Hall. It is simply too important to our cultural heritage," Mayor
Mark Mallory said. "The renovation will transform Music Hall by
merging the old world and the new. The audience will enjoy all of the
modern comforts and technology, while retaining the grandeur of experiencing a
performance in this historic architectural landmark. I want to thank and
congratulate Otto Budig and the Music Hall Revitalization Company for their
dedication to this great institution."
agreement discussions have been in the works for months.
"While there has been some inference that we were
not moving quickly enough you have to understand that creating an agreement of
this complex must be fair not only to MHRC but also to the City of Cincinnati,"
to next steps, Budig said MHRC has been reviewing the overall financing
strategy and re-evaluating the project's primary goals based on community
feedback with the cultural institutions that call Music Hall home. The
result is an evolving plan with a reduced scope that remains focused on the
audience experience while addressing the building's pressing needs.
project has been scaled back from an earlier projection of $165 million down to
$95 million due to the "fiscal reality" the project is facing.
said MHRC intends to announce more detailed plans in the first quarter of 2013,
though a more comfortable seating arrangement, greatly enhanced accessibility
and expanded restroom capacity are sure to be included. Structural issues
will be addressed as well.
also happy to report that we will be installing new escalators that will be
better positioned to improve safety," said Budig.
said no timetable had yet been established. Once construction does begin,
Budig says it will last 17 months.
"The worst thing
we could do is to start this project without the financial resources and the
pledges available to make it happen and we are not going to do that," he said.
Hall is the home of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati
Opera, Cincinnati Ballet and May Festival.
was formed to oversee a revitalization of Music Hall that improves the patron
experience, addresses structural needs and ensures the continued sustainability
of the arts organizations that call the building home.