Council Revises Arena District DORA Following Resident Feedback
On Monday, July 26, Columbus City Council approved a revised Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area in the Arena District.
The revised DORA was drastically reduced in footprint from a previous proposal by Mayor Andrew Ginther last month. The change was made after residents voiced concerns about residential neighborhood areas in the DORA that lacked retail establishments.
The DORA will legally allow residents to purchase and openly carry alcoholic beverages from participating bars and restaurants, and then take those drinks with them outside and into other participating businesses and retail shops within the designated area.
The original plan encompassed Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park, Lower.com Field, McFerson Commons Park, Spring Street and Neil Avenue.
The areas removed include:
- McFerson Commons Park
- Neil Avenue – South of Nationwide Blvd
- New Public Lane
- Parks Edge Place
- Spring Street
- West Street
- John H. McConnell Blvd
Because adjustments on the DORA are prohibited once an application is submitted, Council voted down the original legislation and immediately moved to pass the new ordinance, which was approved unanimously.
The Arena District has formed the AD DORA LLC to provide management and operation services in the DORA, including designated eco-friendly plastic containers provided to participating vendors. Only alcoholic drinks purchased in the designated containers from a properly permitted vendor can be taken outside.
Within the newly defined area, patrons will be able to take alcoholic beverages outdoors during home Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Clippers, and Columbus Crew game days, beginning three hours prior to the start of a game and continuing until 11:59 p.m. that same day.
The DORA in the Arena District is expected to be active by this fall.