CANTON – The creation of a community entertainment district that encompasses the Hall of Fame Village will provide up to 15 new liquor permits for the area.
City Council on Monday agreed to establish the 75-acre Hall of Fame Village Community Entertainment District, provided the Ohio Division of Liquor Control gives final approval. Council previously approved such a district for 281 acres in central Canton in 2020.
“That was right at the beginning of COVID, and the Department of Liquor Control and other state agencies were working remotely, so there was a substantial delay,” Mayor Thomas Bernabei said. “I would anticipate this to move much more quickly with regard to their approvals.”
Council President William Sherer II and Councilman Bill Smuckler, D-at large, were absent from the meeting. The 11 present council members voted in favor of the district.
The state requires community entertainment districts to be at least 20 contiguous acres with retail, entertainment and other amenities. Ohio also requires at least $50 million in development and construction within the district if it’s in a city of Canton’s size.
The mayor’s memo to City Council included a list of establishments established or planned for the area. The new liquor permits are expected to be used at:
- A Hilton Tapestry Hotel
- The Center for Performance
- The Play-Action Plaza green space
- An indoor waterpark
- Shula’s Steak House
- An e-gaming establishment
- The Brew Kettle and Topgolf Swing Suite
- RSI’s sports betting establishment with a restaurant and bar
At the next regular meeting on July 25, City Council also is expected to vote on a $5 million loan to help fund the Village’s second phase of development and infrastructure. It would be dependent on contributions from the county and community foundations.
- Authorized the reconstruction of Weis Park’s six tennis courts, where the surfaces have cracked, according to a memo from Parks and Recreation Director Doug Foltz. It’s estimated to cost $350,000 — which will come from a portion of the $750,000 that the Hall of Fame Village owes in relation to the construction and use of the Stadium Park parking lot.
- Approved legislation that will allow eligible property owners to pay for a recently established sidewalk and curb replacement program through incremental payments attached to their property taxes.
- Approved a resolution thanking Thomas Edward John Jr. for his contributions to the sport of baseball.