Building permit sought for new fairgrounds center

Work is well underway on a new fairgrounds and events center at the new home of the Montgomery County Fair.

The Montgomery Country Transportation Improvement District (TID) has applied for a commercial building permit for an events center and small animals barn at the new fairgrounds location at 645 Infirmary Road.

The application appears to be for a building shell only, in its footing and foundation phase. Centerville’s Dryden Builders Inc. is the contractor while the owner will be the Montgomery County Agriculture Society.

The application identifies the designer as Shell & Meyer Associates Inc.

The application was submitted to the county’s building regulations division Oct. 11.

Last month, the Montgomery County TID board of trustees approved road work to and around Arthur O. Fisher Park, the new Jefferson Twp. home of the fair.

Infirmary Road near Fisher Park is to be upgraded and widened from U.S. 35 south to an area just north of Dayton-Liberty Road. A new driveway from the intersection of Birdland Avenue at Infirmary to an existing driveway leading to the park is also to be built. Other roadway improvements to accommodate expected fair traffic are also part of the overall planned work.

After being anchored in Dayton for 165 years, the fair is scheduled to open in its new location — on about 183 acres of Fisher Park — next July.

The resolution TID trustees unanimously approved in September established an agreement with county government to design and manage improvements to Infirmary and a new driveway entrance to the new fairgrounds site. That financing agreement is not to exceed $2 million.

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