Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca Commons construction crews raised the roof on the Bernie Milton Pavilion Thursday morning.

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They were setting up by around 8 a.m.

Vacri Construction began digging the foundation for the pavilion in June, so this has been a long time — too long, many say — in the making.

Crews attached the steel roof structure to a crane’s latches.

A centerpiece of the Commons redesign, the pavilion has been moved to Bank Alley, next to the M&T Bank on Seneca Street.

City officials have said this will improve pedestrian traffic on the part of the Commons that runs east-west.

Via Jason Henderson, the construction guru who runs the blog Ithaca Builds:

“Named after the much-loved and sorely missed Bernie Milton (1942-2002) the Soul musician, and former DJ at WICB Radio, the proposed pavilion is an interesting steel and glass structure, designed to be situated at the end of Bank Alley.”

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The city’s renderings.
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“The roof will funnel water onto a shaded drip piece to provide effect, then down into a trench drain. The positioning at Bank Alley is designed to draw interest from Seneca Street, and provide more space for concert venues, since viewers will now have a much longer line of sight.”

The roof had been lifted and mostly fitted on its beams by 9 a.m. Thursday.

Afterwards, some construction crew members stood admiring the structure.

The finished product.
Roof placed.

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Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.