- 2007, a 900 page comprehensive Master Plan of Union Terminal was completed. The project was contracted by Hamilton County and managed jointly with Cincinnati Museum Center.
- 2009, The Hamilton County Tax Levy Review Committee (TLRC) hired CR Architecture and Messer Construction to conduct an independent evaluation and pricing of the Master Plan. This was paid for by Hamilton County Taxpayers.
- 2009, the Hamilton County and Cincinnati Museum Center executed an operating contract which called for the development of a Union Terminal Capital plan, to work with County staff in the development of a revenue and cost scenario in order to build a complete financing plan for the repair of Union Terminal and which would identify alternative revenue sources for the capital plan.
- 2011, over $10 million dollars (Only 38% were County Levy Funds) were spent on repairing one section of Union Terminal. This project, managed by Hamilton County and bid exclusively by Hamilton County purchasing rules allowed for a comprehensive analysis of the extent of problems related to the Union Terminal building envelope and the extent of the damage to structural steel.
- 2012, the 2009 pricing and scope by CR Architecture and Messer was updated and reported to the TLRC as part of the TLRC’s Mid-Term Review of Cincinnati Museum Center. This pricing and scope review used the finding of the competed $10 million repairs.
“The Cincinnati Union Terminal is at a critical juncture in its life-cycle. As illustrated in this report, the amount and severity of deterioration of the facility will continue to increase progressively. If these critical system deficiencies are not addressed, the facility will continue to deteriorate at a rapid rate until a catastrophic system failure occurs. The most effective and cost efficient expenditure of tax-payer money is to address these problems holistically and in the near short term.”
– CR Architecture, May 11, 2011
- 2013, the UT building issues were addressed by the TLRC as part of the operating levy renewal. TLRC Chair Cooney wrote, “We believe that the Cincinnati Museum Center will continue to need funding from some source at the end of this levy tin order to continue property maintenance.”
- 2013, from September thru November the TLRC’s independent, taxpayer funded consulting team of Benefactor Group (nonprofit consultants) and Rea and Associates (certified public accountants) conducted a thorough review of the operations of the Cincinnati Museum Center.
- November of 2013, the TLRC mandated an independent community review of the entire Union Terminal project to be presented to the TLRC by July 18, 2014.
- December of 2013 Bob McDonald agreed to chair the Cultural Facilities Task Force (CFTF) which exceeded John Silverman’s expectations (Chair of TLRC CMC committee.). This study included the museums leaving Union Terminal for a new building, relocating to the Masonic Center, and repairing Union Terminal.
- During this time Bob McDonald met with all three commissioners two times and John Silverman, the TLRC CMC Committee chair who drafted the TLRC document served as a member of the CFTF. County management also participated in the CFTF meetings. 5,000 professional hours were engaged in this process plus the committee member’s time.
- June 23, 2014, almost a month before the report was due, the CFTF reported their findings to the Hamilton County Commissioners.
- July 1, 2014, the Hines Corporation, an international development company with experience in building museums and concert halls was hired to conduct another independent evaluation and pricing paid for by the taxpayers.
- July 8, 2014, ten days before the report was due, the CFTF reported their findings to the TLRC.
- July 21, 2014, The Hines Corporation delivered their report to the TLRC.
- July 23, 2014, A public hearing is conducted in Sharonville.
- July 28, 2014, A public hearing is conducted at the County Administration Building.