City may contribute $1M to downtown pavilion

The Dayton City Commission on Wednesday will decide whether to approve spending as much as $1 million to help fund the design, construction and other costs associated with building a free music venue downtown.

A nonprofit group has worked to raise at least $3.5 million from private donors to help construct the Dayton Levitt Pavilion at Dave Hall Plaza, north of the Crowne Plaza Dayton.

The pavilion, which would be part of a nationwide network, would offer at least 50 free outdoor shows each year, featuring a mix of local and national acts.

The pavilion, which is expected to cost about $5 million to build, is expected to open in 2018.

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