Downtown pavilion gets the green light for construction bids

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See Dave Hall Plaza, site of the future Levitt Pavilion from the air.

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The city of Dayton has issued bids to construct the Levitt Pavilion Dayton, a move demonstrating extreme confidence that supporters will reach their $5 million fundraising goal.

The group that is raising money to build a state-of-the-art outdoor music venue in downtown Dayton has about $4.75 million committed — which is just $250,000 short of the capital campaign’s goal, according to information contained in a newsletter issued last week by the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton.

“We can almost start to hear the music flow through the park,” the newsletter states. “We need your help to close the final gap.”

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The city has asked for bids for the construction of a new music pavilion, a new service building, landscaping, a water feature and for the removal and replanting of trees.

Bids are due on Aug. 10, and the construction project is supposed to be complete by May 14, 2018. Concerts are expected to kick off next year .

“The city, Levitt national and the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton are confident enough in our ability to close the gap that we are moving forward with the bidding process,” said Jeff Ireland, chair of the Friends of Levitt board. “If the bid process (and final fundraising) goes as expected, we should see work beginning in September.”

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