The City of Loveland has begun the application process for the creation of a Community Entertainment District (CED) within the Loveland-Madeira Road Business Corridor.
“This is a tool that many communities in the State of Ohio are utilizing to help attract new restaurants to the area as part of larger scale redevelopment of the business corridor,” explained City Manager David Kennedy.
“This would not be a drinking district with open containers, or an extension of the downtown area’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) District. It would simply increase the number of liquor permits available within the CED boundaries and save a new business considerable upfront costs.”
Per Ohio law, a D-5J permit is specific to CEDs and allows retail food establishments to sell beer and liquor. The CED would create 10 new D-5J permits (or licenses) for use within the 54-acre area between the intersection of West Loveland Avenue to Kroger, 800 Loveland-Madeira Road. None of the 10 permits can be utilized outside of the CED boundaries. Not all 10 licenses would have to be utilized.
“This could expand the corridor’s opportunities for dining and entertainment-type businesses,” added Kennedy. “Think of your average sit-down, family style, chain restaurant nowadays. They all feature alcohol on their menus. Currently, the cost to get a liquor license may prohibit restaurants like this from coming to Loveland.”
Currently, any new restaurant establishment looking to open its doors within the Loveland-Madeira Corridor would be looking at a cost of up to $30,000 for a liquor permit. This high cost is due to the fact all of the available liquor permits for the city have been utilized, and any additional permits need to be acquired through an Economic Development Transfer, often called a TREX. By establishing a Community Entertainment District, the cost for a liquor permit would drop to the standard state fee of $2,440, a savings of $27,000 within the CED Boundaries.
Following the submission of the application by the City Manager and review by the Mayor, City Council scheduled a public hearing on Sept. 28 to allow for public comments.
After the public hearing, City Council must approve or disapprove the application by ordinance or resolution; the decision should be based on whether it is determined that the proposed CED will contribute to entertainment, retail, educational, sporting, social or art opportunities.
If approved, the city would submit the CED application to the state.
The Ohio General Assembly introduced CED designation in 2005. Regionally in Cincinnati, Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield Township, Anderson Towne Center, the business district of Pleasant Ridge, and the City of Monroe are designated CEDs to name a few examples. Most recently, Lebanon was declared a CED in July 2021. Several Dayton suburbs including Huber Heights have also created these districts in recent years.
If you have questions about the Community Entertainment District (CED), please contact the City Manager at (513) 707-1454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.