Cuyahoga County Council considering Quicken Loans Arena renovations

Cuyahoga County Council considers Q renovations

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Council is considering the resolution proposing renovations to Quicken Loans Arena this evening.

The $282 million project would upgrade the 22-year-old arena, which is the second-oldest NBA arena in the league.

According to proposals, the renovations hope to relieve some bottleneck problems on the concourse, offer more room for gathering prior to events and promote more street and neighborhood activities.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would foot half the bill and $97 million will come from admission taxes, which are collected via ticket sales.

$44 million would come from the Bed Tax, acquired from hotel guests, $16 million would come from the budget set aside for the Huntington Convention Center, which was under budget, and the remaining $3 million would come from sales tax spent inside The Q.

The Greater Cleveland Congregation has spoken out against the proposed upgrades.

"We think that as it has been announced, the Q Arena deal continues a familiar pattern: taxpayer-funded development at the expense of our neighborhoods," according to the GCC's site. "We have the hope that successful sports venues will support thriving business and that everyone benefits from the result. But we also want jobs for our unemployed citizens, help for those suffering from mental illness and addiction, and the phsyical rebuilding of our neighborhoods."

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