DORA in Piqua’s downtown business district goes into effect

PIQUA — Piqua’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area officially went into effect Friday, according to city officials.

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The enactment of the DORA comes three months after the city submitted plans for the create the district.

The DORA will be in effect daily from noon to 10 p.m. The DORA includes parts of the city’s central business district area, bordered by North, Spring, Wood, and Wayne streets and extending west to Water Street and Roosevelt Avenue, city spokesperson said in a media release Wednesday.

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Businesses within the district can choose to participate or not participate and can place a green or red DORA window decal near the entrance of the building to indicate if DORA beverages will be permitted, the spokesperson said.

Beverages in the DORA can only be consumed in an approved, single-use DORA cup that is available only at the participating businesses with liquor licenses. Only people 21-years-old and older can drink alcohol in the district, and no outside alcohol is permitted inside the DORA, the spokesperson said.

In June, City Manager Paul Oberdorfer submitted the DORA application to city commissioners with the goal “to promote the appeal of visiting or living in a walkable and attractive downtown environment,” the city spokesperson said in a previous release.

“Having a DORA will enhance visitors experience and provide a greater opportunity to support local businesses while enjoying public art, architecture and streetscape in downtown Piqua,” Lorna Swisher, Executive Director of Mainstreet Piqua said previously.