Community Entertainment District

As of 2021, the City of Canal Winchester has three Community Entertainment Districts to encourage restaurant, commercial, and recreational development along the bustling Diley Road and Gender Road corridors. The Diley Road Community Entertainment District (CED) consists of approximately 105 acres and includes ample room for outparcel development near a flourishing Meijer grocery store, prime access to Route 33 and Diley Road frontage, and increasing demand from nearby residential expansion.

The Gender/Thirty Three Community Entertainment District includes approximately 300 acres encompassing two regional shopping centers, and ample undeveloped outparcels. Take advantage of existing space within the Waterloo Crossing or Winchester Square shopping centers or build new on available land within the district. This successful retail and restaurant corridor provides a regional trade area with nearly 90,000 people within a five-mile radius, from the east side of the Columbus metro to Circleville, Lancaster, and beyond.

The Canal Winchester Community Entertainment District was recently adopted in 2021 as a way to improve and provide entertainment, retail, education, sporting, cultural and arts opportunities for the City of Canal Winchester. It can be found surrounding the intersection of Waterloo Street and High Street within the historic district of Old Town Canal Winchester and includes approximately 31 acres. This new entertainment district is another tool for economic development and business revitalization.

There are 15 new D5J liquor permits only available within each of these new community entertainment districts. A business desiring a license would apply directly to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. The current licensing fee for a D5J license is $2,344 annually. These liquor permits at cost, significantly lower a barrier for entry into the underserved restaurant market in Canal Winchester. Contact Lucas Haire to find out more on how your business can benefit from these community entertainment districts.

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