The nearly 95 acre DORA will coincide with the current Downtown Findlay Improvement District.
FINDLAY, Ohio – Editor’s Note: The above video aired on February 2, 2021.
TO UPDATE: Findlay City Council approved a designated outdoor refreshment area by an 8-2 vote on Tuesday March 2nd.
The city of Findlay could become the next parish in northwest Ohio to receive a designated outdoor refreshment area, also known as DORA.
DORA has been on the minds of Findlay city guides for some time, Mayor Christina Muryn said that feedback from downtown restaurants and bars on COVID-19 restrictions brought home the idea that an outdoor refreshment area would be a valuable investment .
The proposed Findlay DORA would run south from Center Street to Lima Avenue and east from Putnam Street to Factory Street.
The boundary was chosen to coincide with the Downtown Findlay Improvement District.
“That really helped us support the DORA borders as we already had these safety and cleanliness measures in place,” said Muryn.
In addition to giving current businesses more options to serve their customers, the hope is that a DORA can also help keep new businesses on the move.
“It will encourage more business investment and allow more flexibility for current businesses, which is really important. I think we’ll see a number of big improvements in our inner city over the next few years if we do the same with flood control gone, “said Muryn.
She said DORAs will not affect current public poisoning laws and that Main Street will not suddenly turn into Bourbon Street overnight.
The proposed DORA could be approved by the Findlay City Council at its March 2nd council meeting at the earliest. However, a public hearing is required before this vote.