Fundraising for the project is not over, but the goal is break ground on the pavilion in late summer, early fall. Building permits often are obtained many months — or longer — before a project gets underway.
The pavilion project will reinvigorate the seldomly-used Dave Hall Plaza into a lively entertainment destination that hosts at least 50 free shows each year.
Supporters say construction on the state-of-the-art amphitheater will begin shortly and will wrap up next year, with concerts beginning in mid-2018.
The pavilion is the linchpin of a strategy to remake the center of downtown into a thriving, seven-day-a-week urban neighborhood, featuring activated storefronts, new housing and offices and workspaces for creative professionals and cutting-edge firms.
The rehabilitation of the Dayton Arcade plays an outsized role in the strategy as well. But the Levitt pavilion is perhaps the most crucial component.
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The pavilion will put on at least 50 free musical acts each year, which supporters say will build community through the shared experiences of music.
Levitt will be a state-of-the-art pavilion that hosts a diverse range of programming, including local, national and international acts. The pavilion will be part of a national network of venues that receive financial support from a prominent foundation.
Some performers who have toured the Levitt amphitheaters have gone on to win Grammy’s and large record deals.