The Chamber continued to work on behalf of member businesses that were interested in a second, much larger district located downtown in the Warehouse District and parts of the Central Business District. City Council approved the creation of the DORA in September 2016, and since then a larger group of interested establishments and other partners have worked together to develop the necessary operational aspects.
The DORA operates under an established set of rules, approved by Toledo City Council. The official plastic cup must be used for beverages carried outside. A beverage cannot be carried into another business, including those which do not serve alcohol, nor beyond the DORA boundaries. The DORA hours of operation are from noon to midnight, seven days a week. Special events and holidays will be handled differently when those occur.
The DORA will serve as an added offering for those residing, working and visiting downtown Toledo. There is also a potential for increased economic activity as this has been the experience with such districts operating elsewhere. In addition, the DORA brings an established program for enhanced cleanliness and public safety that did not previously exist fully within the district. For more information, visit the DORA Toledo website.
As Manager for Local Government Advocacy, Tim Schneider advocates for local policies and laws that safeguard and foster a pro-business environment in the Toledo Region. Tim has more than 10 years of legislative and public policy experience with the local, state and federal levels of government.