City leaders are entertaining the idea of more liquor permits to support growing interest in living, shopping and eating at East End.

Industrial Realty Group (IRG), which is behind the mixed-use redevelopment of the old Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters on E. Market Street, received a warm welcome at City Hall Monday as leaders endorsed a plan to designate the company’s 80 acres as the only entertainment district in Akron outside of downtown.

State law allows cities to approve a limitless number of “community entertainment districts.” Akron has only two, covering the northern and southern ends of downtown. Each district creates 15 new D-5 liquor permits for establishments that serve food, which are part of the business plan for restaurants and bars opening soon

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