CW considers expanding DORA

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
Canal Winchester’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area could expand up High Street to the historical complex site to accommodate activities there.

During a July 1 Canal Winchester City Council work session, Councilwoman Jill Amos discussed the idea of extending the DORA. City Development Director Lucas Haire said approval would be the equivalent of creating a new designated area.

“To extend the DORA is the same process as creating the DORA,” Haire said. “We have to go through the same process. The mayor will have to file an application with city council that would include the new boundaries and description of the boundaries.”

According to Haire, the city is permitted a DORA encompassing approximately 320 acres.

“I think our whole area is 20 to 25 acres, so it’s pretty small currently,” said Haire. “You then post a notice inn a local newspaper and then take action within 60 days and create the DORA.”

Councilman Richard Moore said it makes sense to extend the DORA, especially with upcoming improvements at the historical complex.

According to the city’s website, patrons age 21 and older may purchase a beverage in a plastic cup or plastic bottle, no larger than 20 ounces, from any participating business and carry it outside within the DORA boundaries.

Only alcohol bought at establishments within the Old Town DORA district is permitted. No outside alcohol is allowed. Beverages purchased at one DORA establishment cannot be taken into another DORA approved establishment.

Designated hours of operation for the refreshment district are daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Participating businesses include Shade on the Canal, Homestead Taproom and Kitchen, Harvest Moon, Loose Rail Brewing, Local Cantina, Joe Vino and Roman’s Pizza and Sub Shoppe.

Council later asked the mayor to start the DORA expansion process.

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“This is a committee that monitors any property receiving a real estate property tax exemption and we have two of those; one in Fairfield County and one in Franklin County,” said Haire. “They meet annually and are chaired by the auditor of the county.”

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