David Street Station

Kyle Gamroth, son of the late broadcaster Brian Scott Gamroth, looks at messages left on a sign honoring his father erected at what will be the David Street Station downtown plaza. Kyle Gamroth had spoken earlier at a press conference announcing the next stage of the project on Thursday morning in Casper.

Dan Cepeda, Star-Tribune

The first phase of construction on David Street Station is set to move forward after a bidding process.

Caspar Building Systems won the contract with a $1.6 million offer to complete the western half of the plaza by August’s total solar eclipse, Downtown Development Authority CEO Kevin Hawley announced Thursday. The eclipse is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors to Casper, considered one of the best cities in country to watch the celestial event.

The western half of the plaza will include the bandstand, landscaping and lighting.

Hawley announced that Hilltop National Bank had contributed $500,000 toward the second phase of the plaza, which will include the eastern half. Hilltop secured naming rights to the water feature, which will be known as Hilltop National Bank Splash Pad.

The naming rights to the entire plaza project were previously sold for $1 million to an anonymous donor who helped select the “David Street Station” name, Hawley said.

The downtown authority raised funds for phase one in August but at the time was still short $3 million to complete the rest of the project. The contribution from Hilltop moves the group closer to that goal, but Hawley said significant fundraising remains.

“We are acutely aware of the need for phase two,” Hawley said at a news conference at the Lyric auditorium, across the street from the plaza construction site.

Hawley also said the DDA plans to memorialize Brian Scott Gamroth, the Casper radio personality and DDA board member who died in a motorcycle crash last month.

Gamroth’s son, Kyle, spoke at the news conference, emphasizing his father’s commitment to downtown development.

“One of the greatest things [people] could do to honor my father... is to make sure his vision for downtown Casper is seen through,” Kyle said.

Follow local government reporter Arno Rosenfeld on Twitter @arnorosenfeld

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