HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Before the first acts take the stage at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, the area is getting a financial jump start.
“We’ve already exceeded our expectations which is an odd place to be in,” said Rob Schommer, City Manager for Huber Heights.
The music center has already sold more than $25,000 in tickets for VIPs and season ticket holders.
Naming rights and sponsorships for the music center have nearly doubled projections. A study completed before the music center expected about $240,000 to come in for sponsorships and naming rights.
“We’re already well over $400,000 in that number,” said Schommer. “We are exceeding that and we attribute that to the true spirit and vested interest of the community.”
Interest the city believes is growing.
With the new music center as the focus, city leaders are moving ahead with plans for an entertainment district.
At one point, there was a concept to develop the land across the street.
“That project did not come to fruition,” said Schommer. “However, the marketability and value of that site is still very high. There is interest. There are conversations going on.”
Schommer said the city is in talks with other businesses to move into the newly developed area. Nothing is set in stone just yet but he said more opportunities will be coming.
“We are going to show that this was the right idea and this is going to do everything we projected it to do and that is to become a catalyst for development in the area,” said Schommer. “Also, and more importantly, make Huber Heights a destination.”
Individual ticket sales for the music center will open to the public Friday, March 6.