State liquor board signs off on London’s new revitalization district

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(Posted Dec. 7, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The state liquor board has signed off on London’s new revitalization district. Mayor Patrick Closser announced the news at the Dec. 2 city council meeting.

In July, council voted unanimously to designate a portion of the city as a revitalization district. State law permits one liquor license for every five acres in such a district. The city’s goal with the new designation is to retain and attract restaurants, bars and other eligible businesses.

Any new or existing business interested in obtaining a liquor license in the district can reach out to the city offices or the state liquor board for more information.

The city’s decision to pursue 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. The restaurant, called The Butcher Block, is slated to open soon.

The 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.

Closser also reported that:

• work continues on final union negotiations. The contracts should be up for ratification at council’s Dec. 16 meeting, he said.

• three additional memorial park benches are available for sponsorship. To date, about a dozen memorial benches have been installed at Cowling Park. They cost $750. Call (740) 852-3243 and ask for Amy Rees for details.

• he is collaborating with Shoe Sensation, 226 Lafayette St., London, for the second annual Mayor’s Day Sale to benefit the Raider Rack at London City Schools. The Raider Rack offers new clothing items to district students. On Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m., participants will receive 10 percent off regularly priced items, and the store will donate 10 percent of total sales to the Raider Rack. The store also is donating a $500 gift card for Raider Rack organizers to buy shoes.

Closser also thanked council members Carla Blazier and Brenda Russell for their service to the city and support of the city administration. Both lost their bids for re-election in the Nov. 2 general election. Their terms expire at the end of this month. Closser also welcomed new council members, Greg Eades and John Stahl, who will take office at the start of 2022.

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