Construction begins on new UD building

Construction has started on a building meant to house the Dayton Foundation, the Dayton Development Coalition and the University of Dayton’s (UD) Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, the university said Tuesday.

Ferguson Construction has started work on the $8.4-million, 38,000-square-foot building, which will be at 1401 S. Main St. The project was first announced in May.

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The coalition and the foundation are expected to both move from the Kettering Tower downtown to the new building, located south of Stewart Street.

The property will include offices for the three organizations and shared meeting space, UD said in a release. The building is expected to be ready by next September.

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“The two-story building will bring together the three community-building organizations under one roof,” UD said. “While each of the organizations will maintain their separate operations and identities, they expect the move also will create opportunities for broad-based innovative collaborations that could include other organizations and educational institutions.”

The campus site is near the $51-million GE Aviation EPIScenter and the $35-million Emerson Helix Innovation Center.