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Voters Approve Funding for Cincinnati Union Terminal

By November 5, 2014 No Comments
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Cincinnati Union Terminal’s soaring main hall features a dazzling color scheme. Photo: Matt Donnelly

Cincinnati—On Election Day 2014, the voters of Hamilton County, Ohio, which includes the city of Cincinnati, overwhelmingly passed Issue 8. The measure will increase the county’s sales tax by one-quarter of one percent over the next five years. The funding—estimated at $170 million—will be dedicated to the rehabilitation of Union Terminal, often considered one of the greatest Art Deco structures in the United States. Since 1990, following a previous renovation, the building has housed the Cincinnati Museum Center, a collection of educational and cultural institutions. It also contains an Amtrak waiting room for passengers using the tri-weekly Cardinal (New York-Cincinnati-Chicago).

The terminal, completed in 1933, will undergo a comprehensive rehabilitation. Work will ensure the exterior is watertight and will also include updates to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Read more about Issue 8 and the history of Cincinnati Union Terminal.