Downtown Dayton parking garage could be closed a week for safety work

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The Dayton Leigh Garage downtown, which has about 280 spaces, will be closed about a week as a steel support column is installed, said Marinko Gvozdanovic, owner of the Leigh Garage and the Key Bank Tower.

A crack in the concrete on the structure’s ramp developed because of age and salt, which gets into the rebar and expands, Gvozdanovic said. The structure is eight stories tall, with the first two levels containing retail space and the upper levels are all parking.

An engineering firm is handling the repairs, and experts did not want cars going over the crack until it is fixed, he said.

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“It’s better safe than sorry,” he said.

Built in 1977, the garage at the corner of Second and Ludlow streets does not have “in-and-out” parking, and instead is strictly monthly leases, with most customers working in the Key Bank Tower, Gvozdanovic said.

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Lease holders will be credited on their bills with the time that the garage was out of service, he said.

The Leigh Garage could see higher utilization soon, because Taylor Communications is moving hundreds of employees into the nearby 111 W. Second St. building.

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Gvozdanovic said Taylor has inquired about possibly using about 100 spaces in the garage.

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