Public hearing planned for historic music hall renovation

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati’s historic preservation staff is recommending that the Historic Conservation Board sign off on a $135 million makeover to the city’s historic Music Hall.

A public hearing on the project had been scheduled for Monday — the same day as MLB’s Opening Day. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) officials have changed it to April 11 amid questions about the meeting’s timing.

The plan includes moving the orchestra 9 feet closer to the audience, as well as downsizing the music hall by about 1,000 seats. The seats would be larger and offer more leg room.

The conservation board must approve the plan in order for most of the construction to begin.

A public pre-hearing had been held on March 9 between the project manager and city staff.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,