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Quirk in state budget permits Ravenna entertainment district

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published: July 10, 2013 4:00 AM

The city of Ravenna can have more entertainment for adults, now that a change in the state law has deemed it grown up enough to have an entertainment district.

Kerry Macomber, Ravenna's economic development director, said the city has wanted to have an entertainment district for more than a year. But a quirk in the Ohio Revised Code stated that cities Ravenna's size were too young to have one.

The code had stated that cities Ravenna's size not established by 1840 were ineligible to have an entertainment district. Ravenna was incorporated in 1856.

The city met the other requirements, including having an historic downtown district, having a population between 10,000 and 20,000 and being in the same county as another town with an entertainment district.

Larger cities can qualify based on their size and/or having $50 million, $70 million or $100 million in investment in economic development.

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Macomber turned to Law Director Frank Cimino, who suggested she seek assistance from the state legislator.

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, a Democrat from Kent, and Sen. John Ecklund, a Republican from Geauga County, got the change worked into the state budget. That change allows cities to apply for an entertainment district as long as they were incorporated before 1860 and met the other requirements.

Clyde said liquor laws in Ohio tend to be written narrowly, "with economic development opportunities in mind."

"I was proud to help the city of Ravenna with an important economic development issue," she said.

Kent, Portage County's only city with an entertainment district, established the district last year.

Having an entertainment district will allow Ravenna to apply for more liquor licenses, but Macomber said she sees that as a secondary issue. The primary purpose in her mind, she said is to generate economic development through entertainment and the arts.

It will be about 90 days before Ravenna can turn in its application.

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wolf1 Jul 13, 2013 9:16 AM

Hey maybe that holly anderson could open up a strip bar. She's gunna get paid from all the bs, boohoo I got beat up crap. But then again, she will probably have a needle hanging out of her arm the first check she gets cut to her. 

omg Jul 12, 2013 6:06 PM

LMAO. Ravenna is a joke. We cannot get a Bob Evans or any other anchor type business.  But, But we are going to try and get Entertainment. WTF. Who in the **** is left in this area to be  artsy. Really?? Come on please. The only thing I can see is a Booby Bar and more alcohol permits?? Have you people lost your MINDS!!. Uhhh shootings, fights. Here is a job for you. HOW about cleaning up what you freakin got. Mayor quit wasting our money! This is your fault I had to move my business. Now I cant sell my house because the property values are in the freakin crapper.


  You people amaze the crap out of me. This is not even funny anymore. I hate picking up the Record Courier and seeing this crap. Play with money that dont even belong to you. Mean while spending it like crazy and dont even support your Police to clean this place up. What a Joke. What a Joke.  Entertainment? Our entertainment is watching the Coleman people walk around and crawl up flag poles and terrorize whats left of local business. I would like to have Paul Jones back!!!!! I will even take D Kainrad.  You people need to go to --- Ahh who cares im moving and Ill probably end up renting my house to Coleman, since I cant sell it. Let you deal with it Ravenna.

klroach Jul 12, 2013 10:22 AM

DRE, I have to disagree with you, I ve lived on Cleveland road for 49 years and never had a problem, NOT!! Had drug dealer in both houses beside me.  One time a neighboor through a golf club through my brothers bedroom window almost hiting he kids while sleeping, the guy was a druggie... My brother moved back to Mich the next week. But it is everywhere look at Warren, East Liverpool.  Even when I visit my parents in Royal Oak Mich, they live in a nice area, but a mile away is Detroit, I panick just driving on  I-75 through Detroit!!



dre Jul 11, 2013 3:08 PM


Yes, murder row....King St., 3 block, Cleveland Rd. (take your pick).

dre Jul 11, 2013 1:52 PM


Yes, murder row....King St., 3 block, Cleveland Rd. (take your pick).

sezwho Jul 10, 2013 5:26 PM

Until the cops clean up all the drug dealers roaming the streets freely in Ravenna, only bad people will come to be entertained there.

ravennaresident Jul 10, 2013 1:50 PM

Are you   I agree with Dre 100%......................Can't get people to come to Ravenna now............more liquor licenses.......................OMG isn't there already a bar or two in every block!

chasmo Jul 10, 2013 12:32 PM

Murder row?

dre Jul 10, 2013 11:09 AM

How are you going to have an "entertainment district" when patrons would have to navigate through the Kevin Coleman patients, murder row, crackheads and juvenile delinquents to get there? I've lived in Portage County for 40 years and you can trust and believe nobody is going to go to the city of Ravenna to pay to be entertained lol. Why would they when they can sit on a bench by the courthouse and be entertained for free?