OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - A local historic brewery is turning into a performing arts center.
Historically, it's known as the Jackson Brewery, and to some, 'Metal Blast'. After sitting at 208 Mohawk Street in Over-the-Rhine for more than 150 years, it's finally being brought back to life.
Grayscale Cincinnati combines music, theater, and beer into one by redeveloping the Jackson Brewery building into a multi-use performing arts facility and craft brewery.
"I see potential. We looked for so long to find a building that had the characteristics of this building. It has everything, a lot of history and we want to contribute to its future," Scott Hand, architect for Childress & Cunningham, Inc. and co-founder of Grayscale Cincinnati.
Hand says in addition to the arts center and craft brewery, this 60,000-square-foot building will even serve a music hall. Co-founder Dominic Marino says this project is a long time coming.
"I really think the city needs and deserves the kind of listening space we're going to provide. 300 person music venue. A 192 seat live theater," explained Marino.
Especially, in Over-the-Rhine.
"This resurgence of activity, especially with the young, hip crowd and the night life, we very much want to be a part of that," said Marino.
Developers hope to have the facility completed by spring of 2014. Grayscale Cincinnati is looking to raise $105,000 to complete the project.
You can contribute to their crowdfunding campaign here: http://www.grayscalecincinnati.com/