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Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 4:14 PM
After hitting a snag, the Levitt Pavilion Dayton project is back on track with today’s announcement that a contractor has been selected to build the outdoor amphitheater.
Shook Construction, based in Dayton, will build the music venue, with construction expected to begin by early next year.
Supporters say the pavilion should open in mid-summer of next year, allowing for a partial season of music programming, likely featuring about 30 shows.
The city of Dayton twice solicited bids for the pavilion, but the submitted proposals came in well above the projected $5 million construction budget.
But the city leased the pavilion site at Dave Hall Plaza to the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, which was able to negotiate lower prices with contractors, leading to an agreement that should prevent any further delays, officials said.
The Levitt Pavilion Dayton, which will offer at least 50 free concerts each year, is the centerpiece of efforts to transform the center of downtown into a thriving, urban neighborhood.
“We are excited to be moving into this next phase of the project, and closer to realizing the goal of creating and building a community asset to bring the Dayton region together one free concert at a time,” Jeff Ireland, Board chair for the Friends of Levitt Dayton.
The city issued a bid for the Levitt pavilion in July, as supporters of the project were getting close to completing a $5 million capital campaign to build the state-of-the-art music venue.
The campaign reached its goal by early August, but the city only received one bid that was nearly $2.7 million over the projected construction budget.
The city rebid the pavilion in September and received four responses, the base bids of which ranged from $5.8 million to $6.9 million.
Instead of rebidding the project a third time, the city leased the future Levitt property to the port authority, which as a quasi-governmental agency has more freedom to negotiate prices, said Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:14 AM
— The developer behind one of downtown’s hottest new dining and drinking destinations and some of its newest housing has been awarded funding for another project.
The Ohio Development Services Agency today announced it has allocated $1.8 million in state historic tax credits to support the renovation of the Dayton Motor Car building at 15 McDonough St.
Kentucky-based developer Weyland Ventures proposes spending more than $18.2 million to convert the six-story building, just east of the Oregon District, into modern offices for high-tech, creative design and other firms and users.
Within five years of operation, the building could house about 260 full-time employees, according to Weyland Ventures’ application for state historic tax credits.
“Dayton is kind of our second city at this point,” said Mariah Gratz, the CEO of Weyland Ventures.
The building is also home to the popular restaurant and bar the Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse, which opened around St. Patrick’s Day.
Weyland Ventures has completed many projects in Louisville that have helped transform its downtown.
Weyland Ventures says the motor car building, like many others in Dayton, is outdated.
But the firm said it has experience repurposing similar concrete industrial buildings and likes its open floor plates and abundant natural light.
The building, which is about 80,000 square feet, offers in-demand features, like large windows and flexible space configurations, the developer said.
Gosiger, a robotics and technology company headquartered at 108 McDonough St., plans to occupy space in the building. Bill Weyland, the principal of Weyland Ventures, and the owner of Gosiger have been friends for decades.
Weyland Ventures plans to rehab the exterior of the building and put in new HVAC and mechanical and electrical systems, which will remain exposed inside.
The building’s eastern facade will be cleaned, repaired and repainted. The historic windows will be repaired or replaced.
Weyland Ventures hopes to get construction underway by the end of the year, with a roughly 12-month construction schedule, Gratz said.
Converting the building into offices will help build on the momentum in downtown and the Webster Station area, which is a hotbed of new housing, restaurants and breweries, the firm said.
Weyland Ventures’ development of the Wheelhouse and the Dayton Motor Car building are part of its efforts to create a new district called Oregon East.
The new district seeks to offer a mix of housing, entertainment, dining and drinking establishments and other amenities.
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Future projects are expected to fill in some of the space between the historic structures with new construction, likely of housing and other components that make it a place where people want to be, Gratz said.
Weyland Ventures also has acquired Saint Paul Lutheran Church, located at 239 Wayne Ave., and is looking for tenants.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:16 PM
MIAMI VALLEY — The average price of gas in Ohio drops 10 cents this week.
Ohio has topped the charts for the biggest weekly change in gas price averages in the country; Ohio is the 11th lowest in the nation at $2.70 per gallon.
Nationwide, 44 states have less expensive or steady gas price averages compared to last Monday. However, the cheaper trend may be reversing. “If demand continues to strengthen and inventories decrease in the weeks ahead, motorists can expect gas prices do a reversal and start to increase again,” said AAA spokeswoman Jennifer Moore. “AAA expects the national gas price average to range between $2.85 and $3.05 through Labor Day, likely seeing the summer’s highest prices in June.”
Moving into this week, another factor that will influence gas prices in the near and long-term will be outcomes from the June 22 OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria. The cartel, along with other major producers including Russia, will discuss increasing oil production ahead of the year-end scheduled dissolution of its production reduction agreement.
Motorists are spending $69 or more a month for gas compared to last year, but that won’t stop their summer travel. Gas expenses are accounting, on average, for 7% of an American’s 2018 annual income.
Visit https://gasprices.aaa.com/ to check the latest gas prices.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:25 AM
The suspect involved in a nearly six-hour SWAT standoff was placed into custody Monday night but was not arrested, according to Lt. Matt Beavers.
The Dayton police SWAT team responded to the suspect’s home in the 100 block of Livingston Avenue around 4:20 p.m. in Dayton. Police also checked a vacant home neighbors said the man spends time at in the 200 block of Livingston Avenue.
According to Beavers, the suspect was not located in either home but was found and detained a short while later at another location out of the city.
He [the suspect] was wanted for a violent crime that occurred over the weekend; and after investigation, there were believed to be weapons in the house, according to Beavers.
Police used a bullhorn to attempt to communicate with the suspect and approached the home with caution.
On entering the house safely, Beavers said, “It’s safer for not only us and him, but also to the neighborhood, to do everything slow and methodically--instead of just sending a couple officers in and kicking a door and maybe being greeted by someone with a weapon.”
Several neighbors said they were alarmed to come home to find a huge police presence outside their homes.
“You know, I just got off work at 8 o’clock, come home, and I have police telling me I can’t park in my parking spot...It’s ridiculous. We have three kids that live in the house, so I thought something for the worst happened,” said a neighbor.
Police have not released the name of the suspect.
SWAT on bullhorn again: “If there’s anyone inside, come out with your hands up.” pic.twitter.com/6GxwA0WcUL— Lauren Clark (@LClarkWHIO) June 19, 2018
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:26 PM
LIMA — A former Ohio Sheriff has been accused of taking bribes from drug dealers, and tipping them off to raids.
Former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish faces a six-count indictment following a 21-month investigation by the Cleveland Office of the FBI.
Crish is accused of asking for and accepting bribes from drug dealers, along with allegedly tipping them off. Investigators say Crish would also make promises to people arrested in prostitution stings if they gave him money, and he would hit up suspected gamblers.
He now faces 75 years in prison.
“It is offensive as it is audacious, it’s brazen, it’s arrogant,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “It absolutely does demean, everything that somebody who takes the oath of office to serve in law enforcement, it demeans everything about that. The actions alleged in the indictment are that of a crime boss, not a sheriff.”
Crish turned himself in to the FBI earlier today, but right now he’s out on bond. His attorney says he’s allowed to travel for his job, and to Florida next month to attend gambling addiction treatment. Crish admitted to a gambling problem shortly after his office was raided in 2016.