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Hamilton Co sales tax increase for Union Terminal renovations begins Wednesday

Union Terminal (FOX19 NOW/file) Union Terminal (FOX19 NOW/file)
Parts of Union Terminal will shut down for renovations next year. (FOX19 NOW) Parts of Union Terminal will shut down for renovations next year. (FOX19 NOW)
A major overhaul is needed in some parts of the crumbling Museum Center. (FOX19 NOW/Dan Wells) A major overhaul is needed in some parts of the crumbling Museum Center. (FOX19 NOW/Dan Wells)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The quarter-cent sales tax increase Hamilton County voters approved in November to fund repairs to Union Terminal kicks in Wednesday, taking the tax from 6.75 to 7 percent.

This morning, we're also learning more about the Cincinnati Museum Center's $208 million renovation tied to the increase.
 
Construction work will likely start in May 2016 with the design team for the overhaul being selected in coming weeks.
 
The renovation is the culmination of a decade-long campaign to fix the building and also transform the museum center, which houses a natural history museum, a children's museum and an Omnimax theater.
 
The work will repair the roof, windows, foundation, electrical systems, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning systems.
 
Hamilton County voters approved a 5-year, quarter-cent sales tax increase to cover about $170 million of the project's cost.
 
The renovation may mean most of the building will be closed through 2018.

Union Terminal sees more than 1.2 million visitors each year.

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