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Centerville entertainment district push outlines $50M in investments

The designation would aid city business development strategies that call for “higher end bar with music, brewpub… (and) unique restaurants” by allowing for more liquor permits, the application states.

Included infrastructure work “is millions of dollars worth of meaningful investment to keep that a functioning area,” Centerville Development Director Michael Norton-Smith said. “And so we definitely wanted to capitalize on that as part of the application.”

Norton-Smith said the city is assisting with the application. After talking with state officials, the entertainment district is being sought under one of a series of Ohio Department of Commerce population guidelines, he added.

That option requires that the municipality have at least 20,000 residents and either an amusement park or that $50 million “or more will be invested in development and construction in” the district, state records show.