The Oregon District might finally fill up

The most important piece of economic development news in years:

Fifth Street Deli may get permit after all
On Friday, the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control overruled the city’s objection and ordered the application process to continue. …

The ruling states that the city commission failed to show evidence that the applicant was unfit to sell alcoholic beverages or that the issuance of the permit would adversely impact the community.

Monica Snow, president of the Oregon Historic District Board of Trustees, said she has not discussed a course of action with other board members. “We’ve never been against any one business,” Snow said. “We’re just concerned about all the many challenges on Fifth Street.”

The main challenge has been raised by the Oregon Historic District Society and their rejection of progress: they fought the license on Pacchia, What You Eat (later to become the Blue Moon), Thai 9 and Coco’s Bistro. By doing so, they had artificially inflated the value of a liquor license to a price that stopped all but the most committed entrepreneurs from attempting to open.

They also guaranteed that the trouble spots were “protected” from competition- keeping them in business.

With this hurdle almost behind us- all that needs to happen next is relaxing of zoning and building codes to allow full occupancy of all buildings- and a realistic parking solution (build a garage)- and the Oregon District will finally become a finished destination.

One must note that the OHDS has continually failed to demonstrate their “pain” from the liquor licenses that have been approved. Since Pacchia opened in 1995- property values in the Oregon District have skyrocketed.

Best of luck to the 5th Street Wine and Deli.

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