Hyde Park DORA district proposal clears first hurdle

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 5:49 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Another outdoor drinking area could be coming to Greater Cincinnati.

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council voted on Tuesday to move forward with an application to the Cincinnati City Manager’s Office that would create a designated outdoor refreshment zone in Hyde Park Square.

Right now, the idea is to let people walk around with open alcohol in reusable cups from 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The proposed district area includes the square and extends a short distance down the streets surrounding.

Ryan Peirce is the general manager of North High Brewing on Erie Avenue in the neighborhood. North High opened in January.

“[Hyde Park Square] is obviously a landmark for people to come shop and dine,” Peirce said. We’re just really excited to have the opportunity to mix and match businesses.”

Peirce is one of nearly 400 people who’ve signed a Change.org petition supporting the DORA in Hyde Park.

Jim Young is the business manager of 45/46 Fine Mens Apparel on the square.

“The more people you can get walking around on the sidewalk, the more people on the square, the more exposure you’re going to get and the better it’s going to be for any retailer,” he said.

The idea isn’t without detractors.

Four members of the neighborhood council voted against moving forward with the application process over concerns the council was not giving the community enough opportunity to chime in on the topic.

Peirce says he’s heard concerns about traffic as well as the wisdom of an outdoor drinking district in a neighborhood filled with kids.

”I think as long at there isn’t an increased safety risk for drinking and driving or an increase in crime or anything like that, I think I’m okay with it It sounds like,” resident Henry Meininger said. “It sounds like a good way to support businesses around here.”

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