County wants to sell Memorial Hall
Jessica Brown reports:
Hamilton County wants to sell Memorial Hall, the 100-year-old intimate concert hall next to Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine.
The property is managed by the Memorial Hall Society and is in need of a new boiler, roof and other repairs.
The county has been inventorying all its properties to decide which, if any, it should sell or use for other purposes.
"Maybe another organization in Over-the-Rhine might be a better steward of that property in the long run," said Jeff Aluotto, assistant county administrator today. The building has been used sporadically for veterans’ events and presidential candidate John McCain spoke there in a visit to the city a few weeks ago.
The county wants to make sure Memorial Hall is sold to someone who won’t tear it down.
The building is appraised at nearly $1 million according to the auditor’s office. It is not officially on the market yet. The county hopes to have discussions with stakeholders wrapped up by mid-year.