The city of Worthington is ready to accept applications to establish community entertainment districts (CEDs).

The city of Worthington is ready to accept applications to establish community entertainment districts (CEDs).

Following an in-depth discussion April 9, Worthington City Council on April 16 needed to only tweak the language and add a price tag to a resolution setting policies and procedures for allowing CEDs in the city.

A CED is a district within a municipality where additional, lower-cost liquor permits may be purchased by restaurants and nightclubs. Worthington currently is allotted 14 traditional permits to serve beer, wine and spirits, and all of them are in use.

Last year, state Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) introduced to the state legislature a rider to a bill allowing CEDs in Worthington. The law passed in December.

Council was ready to act, in anticipation that CEDs would be needed for additional restaurants and bars at the Shops at Worthington Place and in downtown Worthington.

The cost for a liquor permit on the open market is $25,000 to $30,000, according to liquor license attorney Marc Myers. A "D-5j" license, issued only for establishments in CEDS, costs $2,344.

A CED must be at least 20 acres, and one license is available for each 5 acres. The limit is 15 licenses per CED.

The cost to apply for a CED from the city is $2,500, which is the amount needed to cover staff costs for processing, according to assistant city manager Robyn Stewart.

CED permit costs range from $1,000 in Upper Arlington to $10,000 in Columbus, she said.

Central Ohio CEDs include Lane Avenue and Kingsdale in Upper Arlington, Grandview Yard in Grandview Heights and several at Easton.

Unlike many municipalities with CEDs, Worthington won't require a minimum investment or an increase in value of property related to a CED. Some of those minimums in other municipalities "range in the millions of dollars," Myers said.

Also at the April 16 meeting, council decided to place a "Worthington Historic District" marker on the southeast Village Green. It will be on the south end, across from the sidewalk adjacent to High Street.

Council discussed the placement for more than an hour before deciding to move it from the recommended location, which was between the sidewalk and the street. The first site was recommended by the Municipal Planning Commission and a committee representing the Old Worthington Association and others responsible for getting Old Worthington placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

The location closer to High Street would be more visible to vehicle traffic, OWA president Jim Ventresca said.

The agreed-upon location was a compromise, as council member Bob Chosy said he would prefer it to be on the west side of the street, closer to businesses, and council president Lou Goorey suggested sites in front of St. John's Episcopal Church and on the northeast quadrant of the Village Green.

"The perfect compromise is when everyone leaves the table grumbling a little," council member Bonnie Michael said.

In other matters, council:

• Spent $120,000 to replace carpeting and flooring at the community center.

• Learned that the Worthington Police Department has been awarded a $70,506 grant to purchase protective equipment from the Franklin County Homeland Security advisory committee.