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Monday, March 10, 2008

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.


23 Comments:

at 12:59 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The county has been inventorying all its properties to decide which, if any, it should sell or use for other purposes.

I wonder if it occurs to CPS ever to do this?

See: Washington Park greed.

 
at 1:35 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The county doesn't have the General Assembly making laws as to who and how they can sell their property. As CPS does.

If 3CDC were seriously interested in building an underground parking garage they would go to the General Assembly to lobby for a change in the law. Until that law changes CPS must abide by it.

 
at 3:04 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right-Wing Jesus Freak Nutjob Culture of Corruption Alert!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23561606/

Oh, wait, Spitzer's a Democrat. Never mind. It will all be a distant memory 24 hours from now.

 
at 3:08 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff is the Assistant County Administrator now?

What happened to the last one?

 
at 5:26 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical Repugs

 
at 5:27 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

They probably decided to sell Memorial Hall after the stench left by the blithering hypocritical idiot John McCain after his recent visit!

 
at 5:40 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon wingnut 3:04-At least Spitzer was doing it with a woman. Had he been a member of the Gay Old Pervert party he would have been found wearing a diaper ala Senator Vitter and with a pageboy, like the rest of your hypocritical GOP criminals.

 
at 6:40 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Move the Elections Board there.

 
at 6:50 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could be a great investment for those that believe in entertaining the population of Cincinnati, and those that are concerned about retaining the history of the Queen City. Let's get this treasure out of the hands of government

 
at 7:06 PM, March 10, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"At least Spitzer was doing it with a woman."

Unlike the Dhimicrat New Jowsey Gov. eh skippy???????

Lol

 
at 7:12 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memorial Hall sounds perfect for the Freedom Center; think of the walk in business and the entrance is already on the right side.
The current Freedom Center can be used as a Casino with the County raking in the cash!!!

 
at 8:25 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe the county should do more of that instead of wasting $$$ everytime they turn around,,how about the fairgrounds?

 
at 10:06 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Republican, because not everyone can be on welfare"

 
at 10:57 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The SCPA is being built right around the courner, what a great concert hall this would be, to showcase our talented young performers.

 
at 11:58 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

.
" usefullidiot said..."At least Spitzer was doing it with a woman." Unlike the Dhimicrat New Jowsey Gov. eh skippy??????? Lol 7:06 PM, March 10, 2008"

Typical wRong wingnut whacko, use-less ****ing idiot of the NAZI party (tnp) foot-tapping around the edge attempting to get on top of Craig's list !

lol, loL, Lol, LOL, LOL, LOL

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 8:36 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which does not preclude CPS from selling excess property.

Also: an underground garage was ORIGINALLY proposed there years ago; it's just come back into discussion and everyone acts like they've never heard about it before.

 
at 10:40 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"THE CITY DOES NOT WANT IT TORN DOWN" The City has been tearing down housing all over town, especially on the west side. We are a city of empty lots.

 
at 10:44 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 5:40 March 10... Looks to me that you are giving Spitzer a pass. I guess cheating on wife and the other felonies that will appear against Spitzer are AOK with you. And quit the gay bashing. Remove the hate. You must be a Liberal. God Bless America

 
at 11:49 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:40
There is quite a bit of the West Side that needs to be torn down. Those properties have been destroyed by the uneducated, unmotivated, freeloaders that are content to live off productive citizens.
I feel sorry for those property owners who have lost their investments; the City of Cincinnati administration has systematically ruined the West Side.

 
at 9:55 PM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hamilton County Admistrator is Patrick Thompson (513) 946-4420. They have more than one Assistant County Administrator as follows:

Jeffrey W. Aluotto, Assistant County Administrator for Public Services, (513) 946-4436. Mr. Aluotto previously worked at Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services as Solid Waste Program Manager.

Eric Stuckey, Assistant County Administrator for Administrative, (513) 946-4303. Previously worked for David J. Krings as his assistant.

Christian Sigman, Assistant County Administrator for Budget & Public Safety, (513) 946-4330. Previously worked at the City of Cincinnati in Budget.

Mr. Stuckey was the Assistant to David Krings and also applied for the County Administrator's position after Mr. Krings departure. Patrick Thompson was David Krings' replacement. Then, the Table of Organization changed and the County added the 3 Assistant Administrators to the reorganization.

Hope you were well-versed and well-educated on how top heavy Hamilton County is right now. Instead of downsizing from the upper levels, they give no raises and rid of line employees.

 
at 10:01 PM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not City-owned property. It has nothing to do with the City of Cincinnati. Jeff Aluotto works for Hamilton County, not the City of Cincinnati. Memorial Hall is being discussed for sale by Hamilton County and not the City of Cincinnati. Therefore, it would have nothing to do with the West Side ..........

 
at 12:10 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds to me that the sale of the property is a smart decission by the County. To maintain this property and receive nothing in return doesn't make sense. Only problem is, the sale of the property won't make a dent in the 2008 or 2009 Budget shortfall the County is in. To take it a step further, in October, 2007 Mr. Thompson submitted a County Budget proposal that attempted to close the 35 million gap. There was a proposal to eliminate 107 positions in County Government in various Department. The reality was a loss of 66 positions and a total of 6 or 8 employees losing their job. It will be interesting to see how the County Admistration handles the 2009 Budget projected by Mr. Sigman to be around 12 million dollars. Maybe the selling of different properties may address this deficit.

 
at 5:23 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not turn Memorial Hall into a Casino and then the useless trolleys will have some place to take people. The Casino can employee some of the needy Veterans who have been neglected for too long.

 
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