Vote Planned for $213M Face-Lift to Historic Cincinnati Train Station

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Officials are planning to vote on a nearly $213 million makeover of an 83-year-old historic art deco train station that houses a Cincinnati museum.

Hamilton County commissioners plan to vote Wednesday on a restoration plan for the Union Terminal, which is home to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Much of the work involves foundation and roof restoration, new windows and upgraded electrical, heating and cooling systems. Plans also call for a new lobby and classroom space, as well as an updated dining room.

WCPO-TV reports the cost is roughly $900,000 more than planned due to needed masonry work on two walls, though restoration officials say they have about $9 million for unforeseen costs.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the museum is considering adding space for dinosaur fossils and expanding its science-related exhibits.