Clipped From The Cincinnati Enquirer
Friday, October 20. 1972 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER , $10 Million Price On Cincinnati By BOB FRESCO Enquirer Reporter A representative of the Union Terminal Co. has told Cincinnati's director of city planning that the company wants to sell the old station station and Its 285 acre property for $10 million. The announcement was made by city planning director Herbert W. Stevens at a City Hall meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the 39-year-old 39-year-old 39-year-old 39-year-old 39-year-old station's future, Stevens said the company's Intentions were ( made known to him in a recent ' meeting with terminal manager George S. Grey. ' However, the $10 million figure ,was only one-third one-third one-third the sum of $30 million which company president H. M. Redman quoted as the cost of the property in a letter last August August 1 to the Miami Purchase Association, Association, a local group dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings. buildings. The terminal, completed in 1933, will echo to the cry "all aboard" for the last time at 11:05 p. m. Saturday, Saturday, October 28, when Amtrak's George Washington leaves for Newport Newport News, Va., and Washington. Starting October 29, Cincinnati's two daily passenger trains, the George Washington and the James Whitcomb Riley to Chicago, will C $mMiimmimmuuiuimiiuuttil..iVMilMm!immmmmKamrmB From This.., . last train leaves huge Union Terminal Saturday, October 28. depart from Amtrak's new mini-terminal mini-terminal mini-terminal at River Road and Evans Street. And the end of passenger service service at Union Terminal has led to a move by some civic leaders, artists artists and historians to preserve the station, which they say Is one of the finest examples in America of Art Deco architecture. Thursday's meeting, called by Stevens with the approval of Mayor Mayor Thomas A. Luken, was an attempt attempt to .co-ordinate .co-ordinate .co-ordinate efforts to '"save the terminal." : But, despite the Terminal Co.'s offer to sell, Stevens said the city is not interested in buying what he termed "another deficit facility," which would, he added, "Incur losses losses to the taxpayers." " "I look at it as better to have some business use of the property instead of a public use," Stevens added. The city planner warned, however, however, that unless some action is taken soon, the building may not be around long. "The Union Terminal as a corporation corporation Isn't Interested In saving the building; they're interested in liquidating," he said. Stevens announced that the Union Union Terminal Co.'s real estate committee committee will be in town next Thurs ' ) J Tag Placed Union Terminal day and will meet with anyone Interested Interested in saving the station. With this in mind, the participants participants at Thursday's meeting agreed to tell terminal officials that many Clnclnnatlans are Interested Interested in preserving the station and to ask the company what Its next moves will be. till "'wriTifr. ... To This service starts at minl-tcrminal minl-tcrminal minl-tcrminal Sunday, October 29. Present at the meeting were representatives of the City Planning Planning Commission, the Miami Pur chase Association, the Queen City Association and the Cincinnati School Board. Another meeting of those interested In saving the ter-' ter-' ter-' minal will be held 4:45 p.m. Monday1 at the Queen City Club. t - 1 :S r' '