CHICAGO (CBS) – The $23 million plan to revive the long-vacant Ramova Theatre in Bridgeport as a live entertainment venue, restaurant, and brewery would get a big boost from the city, through a tax subsidy approved Thursday by the City Council Finance Committee.
The city would provide $6.64 million in tax increment financing for the project to renovate the 91-year-old theater at 35th and Halsted.READ MORE: University Of Chicago Police Officer Who Shot Man In Hyde Park Shootout Also Shot Student In 2018
The Ramova Theatre, originally a single-screen movie theater, has been closed since 1985. The city bought the building in 2001 for $285,000, and has spent more than $360,000 on maintenance costs since then.
The city now will sell the theater and a neighboring vacant lot to Brooklyn-based Our Revival LLC for $1, and provide $6.64 million in tax increment financing funds toward the renovation project, under a redevelopment agreement approved by the Finance Committee on Thursday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Bitter Cold, But Snow Is On The Way
Our Revival plans a $22.9 renovation of the Ramova and the neighboring lot into a concert and dining complex; featuring a live music and entertainment venue with room for 1,600 people, a restaurant, and a brewpub.
“I think this will be a great catalyst for this part of the community on Halsted Street,” said Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th).
City officials said the project would create up to 110 construction jobs, and 80 permanent full-time jobs once the new facility opens.MORE NEWS: Chicago Auto Show's First Look For Charity Gala Fundraiser Set For Feb. 11
The tax subsidy for the project now goes to the full City Council for a vote at its next meeting.