“The group working to renovate Music Hall got the big approval it needed Monday to continue on schedule with the $135 million project,” report Janelle Gelfand and Bowdeya Tweh in Monday’s (4/11) Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio). Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati May Festival. “The city’s Historic Conservation Board’s unanimous approval of a ‘certificate of appropriateness’ allows the developers to petition the city for building permits within the Over-the-Rhine Historic District…. The city’s historic conservation staff still must approve by July 1 plans for elements such as interior paint colors, the lighting plan and details of acoustical treatments. In less than two months, the nearly 140-year-old building is scheduled to close so that work can begin. A standing-room-only crowd packed City Hall for the more than two-hour hearing…. Music Hall is owned by the city, which is contributing $16 million to the renovation project. The city has a long-term lease with the Music Hall Revitalization Co., the group spearheading the massive endeavor. Cincinnati Center City Development Corp., or 3CDC, is in charge of the renovation.” The Cincinnati Symphony will perform at the Taft Theatre while Music Hall is closed.

Posted April 12, 2016

Pictured: Rendering of renovated Cincinnati Music Hall exterior