(Posted July 6, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
More liquor permits are now possible in the city of London.
On July 1, city council passed legislation to designate a portion of the city as a revitalization district. The measure passed 6-0 with Bryan Robinson absent. The designation allows for more liquor permits in the city which should help to retain and attract restaurants, bars, and other eligible businesses.
State law permits one liquor license for every five acres in such a district. The city’s decision to move forward with the designation stemmed from a request made by London resident Paul Gross who is building an upscale restaurant and bar, as well as condominiums and apartments, along State Route 56 in London.
London’s new revitalization district includes the area from State Route 56 in front of Madison Lanes and Gross’s property, to Center Street, out State Route 38 past the Madison County Fairgrounds to St. Patrick School, and down Lafayette Street to Family Dollar.
Council held a public hearing on the district designation at the start of their July 1 meeting. No one commented during the hearing. Later in the meeting, council held a fourth reading of the legislation and took a vote. The measure passed 6-0.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning a paving resurfacing project and culvert replacement along State Route 38 and State Route 56 in London. Work is tentatively slated to start in the summer of 2022.
Council adopted preliminary participatory legislation, essentially giving ODOT permission to complete the project. The legislation also outlines the city’s financial responsibility for the project. Preparations had previously been delayed due to COVID-19. At that time, the city’s share was going to be approximately $230,000, according to Rex Castle, the city’s safety-service director. ODOT will provide up-to-date figures as the project gets back on track, he said.
In his report to council, Mayor Patrick Closser announced he is spending the week of July 11 at the Ohio Public Leadership Academy at Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The president of the Ohio Mayors Association nominated Closser for the program which accepts approximately 15 participants each year. The program’s purpose is to bring together a bipartisan group of rising public officials to learn from each other and build relationships across political boundaries.
“I’m grateful that I actually have the opportunity to go do this,” Closser said.