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Business representatives sign letter in support of music venue at The Banks

Posted: 12:40 PM, Sep 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-03 13:03:57-04
Banks music venue letter

CINCINNATI — More than a dozen business representatives and tenants of The Banks signed a letter addressed to city leaders in support of a new concert venue at the Downtown entertainment district.

A letter-signing ceremony Tuesday came hours before a community discussion regarding a Banks music venue and the possible relocation of a concrete and gravel facility to the Lower Price Hill neighborhood to make room for the music venue.

Individuals representing businesses in The Banks Riverfront Entertainment District signed the Sept. 3 letter stating the “music venue is critical to the continued growth of our community.”

Read the full letter below.

The potential music venue and proposal by Hilltop Basic Resources to relocate has the full support of the community at The Banks, according to property manager Tracy Schwegmann.

“November, December, January, February — those are the colder months where our sports teams aren't in action,” Schwegmann said. “So to really make The Banks a true year-round destination, it's important to have that other activity anchor to bring folks to The Banks.”

Unless Hilltop can find a new home, plans for a concert venue at The Banks could be stalled. That’s because the concrete facility is at the center of a complicated land dispute between the city, county, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Bengals.

But the future of the music venue and Hilltop Basic Resources also relies on community support, Mayor John Cranley previously told WCPO.

READ MORE HERE: Future of The Banks concert venue may hinge on Lower Price Hill residents

The community discussion Tuesday evening is a special meeting of the Cincinnati City Council Economic Growth and Zoning Committee. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Price Hill Recreation Center located at 959 Hawthorne Avenue.

The discussion will include the Hamilton County Administration, county commissioners and The Banks Steering Committee.

Letter to Mayor Cranley and City Council From Tenants of the Banks by WCPO Web Team on Scribd