Huber Heights is close to passing upgrades on its planned $18 million music center. On Monday evening, the Huber Heights City Council will take up three pieces of legislation that increase the city’s spending on the project by more than a million dollars. The additional funds will go to pay for concession stand upgrades, and a VIP center for the 4,500-seat concert venue.
The city is borrowing money for the music center, and plans to pay back the costs through revenues and property taxes. Under legislation that could pass tonight, Huber Heights would also seek corporate sponsors for the VIP area. Construction could be done by the end of the summer.
The Dayton Daily News has recently reported delays on a related project, a planned athletic center and hotel near the Huber music venue. It was expected to break ground this summer, but the company, GoodSports, hasn’t secured financing.
The city is funding the music venue itself in hopes of bringing in new revenues. At the same time, projected shortfalls in the city budget are leading Huber Heights to seek an income tax increase on the November 2014 ballot.