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Everything You Need To Know About The Proposed Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) Coming to Columbus

Downtown Columbus is on the brink of something exciting!

In collaboration with the City of Columbus, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, and the Franklinton Board of Trade, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) is spearheading the initiative to introduce a new Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) to our city, seamlessly integrating with the vibrant Franklinton neighborhood.

So, what exactly is a DORA? In the state of Ohio, a DORA is a specified area of land exempt from certain open container provisions, as outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.82. In simpler terms, it allows individuals aged 21 and older to enjoy alcoholic beverages purchased from participating businesses outdoors within the area’s boundaries, during specified hours, and in accordance with DORA rules.

The proposed DORA is a response to the community’s desires expressed during the 2022 Downtown Strategic Plan process. Residents want more activity, enhanced shopping and dining experiences, and improved connectivity within Downtown and to key neighborhoods.

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The community is invited to be a part of the discussion. A DORA Public Meeting is scheduled for January 10th at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing in the Hickory Room (215 N 4th St) from 5:30 – 7 p.m., organized by the partnering organizations. Join the conversation about the proposed DORA, where members of the project team will be present to share more details, answer questions, and listen to your thoughts.

The proposed DORA is set to operate seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., providing ample time for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the enhanced outdoor experience. Additionally, special event participation in the DORA will be at the discretion of the special event permit holder.

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