MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — Miamisburg City Council voted to approve a DORA for the downtown area, giving the all clear for it to operate Thursday through Sunday.
A start date and hours of operation for the DORA, or Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, have not been decided yet.
The initial proposal was for the area to be open seven days a week but community members had mixed feelings about it.
The DORA would encompass 41.2 acres in downtown Miamisburg and include more than a dozen liquor license holders and several shops.
Resident Doug Brown said he initially had concerns the district would be too large, but said he looks forward to the business and festivals it will bring into town.
“I’ve been to several, in West Chester and the Oregon District,” Brown said. “You know, people will come down and do more in downtown. You know, Miamisburg downtown is happening, it’s the happening place to be.”
There is no set date for when the DORA will start, it will next go to the Ohio Liquor Control Board for approval.
Miamisburg isn’t the only city in the Miami Valley to consider a DORA. Dayton, Troy and Xenia have all considered or approved outdoor refreshment areas in their cities. Troy’s DORA was also met with a mixed reaction from the community and is now on hold.