Delaware Council to discuss draft DORA application

By Brandon Klein - [email protected]

Delaware City Council will provide feedback on Monday regarding a draft application to establish an area in downtown where patrons can drink alcohol in the open.

The State of Ohio now allows cities such as Delaware to create a designated outdoor refreshment area, or DORA. City Manager Thomas R. Homan must officially submit an application to council.

The boundaries considered for the DORA would be Sandusky Street from Spring Street to Central Avenue and on William and Winter streets from Franklin Street to Union Street, according to the application. The DORA would only be active for permitted special events. Public safety and sanitation plans must be included with the DORA.

At least four of 21 eligible permit holders will use specially marked cups to serve only beer and wine. The permit would not extend to permit holders who wish to include a truck that serves alcohol.

Special events considered for the event include Main Street Delaware’s First Fridays from May through October and December; Greenwells’ New Moon Half Marathon; and the Performance Auto dealership’s Classic Car Show in 2018.

Additionally, Delaware City Council will conduct a public hearing regarding requests related to the development of 20.06 acres of land on the city’s west side.

Treplus Communities has requested approval for a rezoning amendment, a conditional use permit and a preliminary development plan to construct 25 buildings, consisting of 92 apartments total, over 20.06 acres on the north side of State Route 37, west of the Westfield Shopping Center and east of the Lantern Chase Subdivision.

The Delaware Planning Commission supported the development plans after hearing concerns from some nearby residents.

The apartments would be open to residents ages 55 and older and compliant with the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995. But it would provide a flexible, carefree living style for residents who want to age in place. Eighty percent of the apartments must be occupied by the marketed age group.

Berkshire Township Trustee Bill Holtry is scheduled to address Delaware City Council about expansion of a Joint Economic Development District between the township and the city.

Also on the agenda is a proclamation to recognize the Foot and Ankle Wellness Center and Delaware’s Day of Kindness. The Day of Kindness is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The agenda can be found at

Council will meet at 7 p.m. City Hall, 1 S. Sandusky St.

By Brandon Klein

[email protected]

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.