The City of Worthington is considering an application to create a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in downtown Worthington. As of April 30, 2017, Ohio law allows municipalities under 35,000 in population to create a DORA. As required by state law, the application was submitted by City Manager Matt Greeson, at the request of the Old Worthington Partnership (Partnership.) The Partnership is a volunteer organization led by a Board of Directors which supports downtown businesses and enhances the Old Worthington experience. The Partnership states that the creation of a DORA would help maintain the experiential nature of our historic downtown by enhancing outdoor dining and special events.
City Council discussed the proposal at its April 3rd meeting and made some boundary adjustments. The Application was submitted on April 10, 2017 and will be on the Council agenda for Public Hearing on Monday, May 15th. The meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Worthington Municipal Building, 6550 N. High Street.
If approved, the DORA would include the High Street corridor between South Village Green Drive and South Street and east/west boundaries along New England Avenue from 26 E. New England to 41 W. New England. Within that boundary, restaurant patrons would legally be permitted to have an alcoholic beverage that they purchase within the right-of-way areas of each liquor-permit-holding establishment. Patrons with an alcoholic beverage would be required to stay within an establishment’s predetermined boundary, and may only do so during the posted hours of operation. For permitted special events hosted by the Partnership, individuals would be allowed to walk within the DORA boundaries with an alcoholic beverage purchased from a liquor permit holding establishment.
Plans for signage, sanitation, public safety and law enforcement are also required for the DORA. See all related documents below.