From 1981 to 2013, 1st. Street and Patterson Blvd. was an address we were as familiar with as that of our own. With the world around us changing, we will always identify with that corner, like a childhood home.
Efforts for an honorary street naming of “Mick Montgomery Way” began in December of 2013. Members of the City of Dayton Planning Dept., City Managers Office and Downtown Priority Board have been enthusiastic and generous with their time to make this a reality for the community. There are a few steps remaining to finalize this project. Paper work up to this point is finished. The business at hand is where the community comes in.
There is a fee involved for the physical materials and manufacturing and installation of the street signs. This fee accompanies the application and order for the sign. After the application and the fee are submitted to the City of Dayton, the Plan Board goes through the step of voting for the legislation (resolution) to be placed on the agenda for the City of Dayton Commission to vote on and approve. Once those steps are complete, the order goes to the Public Works (street department), the signs are printed and scheduled to be installed.
The fee for this work is $500.00. This is where you all come in.
As soon as we meet the goal of $500.00, the process continues. It is realistic to say this will be about a 2 month window from the time the application and fee is turned in to the time the Public Works department has an installation date for the signs.
The signs will hang under the regular street sign and will say “Mick Montgomery Way”. This will cover the area from the corner of Patterson Blvd. for the first 2 blocks of First Street, ending at Sears Street.
Two signs will be hung; one at First and Patterson and one at First and Sears. The third sign will be presented to Mick to keep. ( I’m not sure if they are going to be blue or brown but will resemble such signs as Erma Bombeck on Brown Street in UD)
Contributions to the “Mick Montgomery Way” honorary street sign can be made at Omega Music, located in the Oregon District. The address is 318 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402. You can contribute any amount. They will accept cash or (for a small charge) credit and debit card. Omega has also graciously offered to take charges over the phone for those of you out of the region who wish to participate. Call (937) 275-9949. A receipt will be issued for your donation. You do not need to give your name if you want to be anonymous.
There is no deadline for this amount.
As soon as the goal is met, this campaign will close and the fee will be submitted to the City of Dayton for the project to move forward.
The corner of 1st. Street and Patterson Blvd. in Dayton, Ohio was home to the iconic Canal Street Tavern for 32 years. Mick Montgomery will always be known for his place in Dayton history for being the founder and owner of this unique concert venue known around the world.
More than just a venue, Canal Street Tavern was home base for musicians and music lovers. With Mick’s guidance, countless performers found their voices, invented themselves and REinvented themselves many times over.
Not only was Canal Street Tavern responsible for the roots of the Dayton music family tree, many friendships and marriages were born there as well. Mick’s decades of mentoring and educating performers and fans turned into generations who called Canal Street their home.
A Dayton native, Mick was one of those “kids” who grew up in local venues, discovered his voice and took his music out in to the world. (He has amazing stories as you all know!) His love for Dayton kept pulling him back and, lucky for us, his commitment to the city kept him here. Long before the internet, iTunes and MTV, Mick was introducing us to music from around the world, as well as making sure the world knew about music from Dayton.
The contribution of Mick Montgomery to the music industry and the City of Dayton goes beyond business. Visitors came from around the world to attend Canal Street Tavern shows and left here feeling like family.
Beyond being a musician and business owner, he is one of Dayton, Ohio’s most valuable ambassadors.
Thanks in advance for your support!