Centerville officials said the designation will help spotlight and enhance the city’s history — which dates back to the late-1700s — while bolstering business in the town’s center.
“City Council has never lost sight of the fact that this area is home to our city’s history and future,” according to Mayor Brooks Compton. “By making the community more inviting to new businesses, we hope to secure the long-term vitality of this area.”
Applications for new permits take 10-12 weeks for the Division of Liquor Control to process, state records show. It also costs $2,444 in fees, according to documents.
The entertainment district application required at least $50 million in investment to be approved by the state. It included the city’s Uptown plan, an $11.4 million, multi-year phased project to improve access, parking, business, greenspace and entertainment in the historic center of town.
Beckel operates Beckel’s Humidor, a West Franklin Street upscale cigar shop. After his plan for the application became known, Salar Restaurant and Lounge co-owner and executive chef Margot Blondet announced plans to expand from Dayton’s Oregon District and open a second location on West Franklin in Centerville.
The Uptown plan is the focus of work between the city, LJB, Inc. and MKSK, Inc. to create engineering and construction drawings for the area, officials said.
Centerville officials were scheduled to hold a forum on the Uptown plan Monday night.
Work on the parking and streetscape enhancements will begin in 2022 and should be completed by 2028, according to the city.
Centerville estimates public and private investment will exceed $30 million, and city officials said they are seeking new businesses and redevelopment opportunities for the district.