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Memorial Hall to undergo $7.8 million renovation

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OVER-THE-RHINE (FOX19) - Efforts are underway to raise millions to renovate historic Memorial Hall in the heart of Over-the-Rhine's revitalized arts district.

Construction could begin in May if backers of the project lock up $1.2 million in public money from Hamilton County to go toward the total $7.8 million cost.

The venue is adjacent to Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts and overlooks Washington Park.

"Friends of Memorial Hall" was recently established as a way for Cincinnatians to be part of the revitalization story. The group already has more

than 250 members.

“While Memorial Hall has been watched over and protected for more than a century, the building needs modernization to meet the

needs of today's users and audience,” said Trustee Ken Jones, an architect. "The Memorial Hall Society is working with Cincinnati

Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) and Hamilton County, the owners of the building, to develop a plan and secure funding for a

major renovation expected to begin this summer.”

Built in 1908, Memorial Hall is home to a variety of cultural and civic activities annually.

The renovation would take about a year and should be complete in 2016.

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