Cuyahoga County Council Hears Proposal For Modernizing The Q
It’s been 22 years since Quicken Loans arena opened and owners say it’s time for an upgrade. They say modernizing the arena will keep it competitive with venues in Pittsburgh and Columbus. On Tuesday, Cuyahoga County Council heard a proposal to help fund the $140 million renovation of Quicken Loans Arena.
Plans to improve the “Q” include adding space for dining and gathering before and after events. The Cavs and taxpayers will split the bill, with Cuyahoga County selling bonds to come up with its initial share.
Cleveland State University public policy professor Dr. Tatyana Guzman says money from events at the Q would provide revenues that could benefit the entire county.
"These are general revenue that comes to the county and the city," she said. "These revenues will spent not only in the area, but all around the county: from roads to infrastructures to better school systems."
But opponents, including the Greater Cleveland Congregations interfaith organization, say public money shouldn’t just go to improving the sports arena. They also want money set aside to revive the city’s poorer neighborhoods.
Leaders from the Greater Cleveland Congregations delivered messages to council, asking the body to focus on funding the city’s neighborhoods in addition to its sports venues. Reverend John Lentz is pastor of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church.
"The Greater Cleveland Congregations are calling for the founding of a community equity fund that will match the city and county’s investment into the Q arena project for concerns in our local neighborhoods," Lentz said. "I wouldn’t say we’re against the Q, but we want transparency and we want equity. “