Tuesday, November 28

Downtown entrance may become new entertainment district

ZANESVILLE — A joint Gateway project between the City of Zanesville and the Muskingum County Convention Facilities Authority could transform a major entrance to downtown Zanesville.

The area around the Zanesville-Muskingum County Welcome Center and Secrest Auditorium could become a new entertainment district, with improvements made to the auditorium and a new open-air market and restaurant on the grounds of the Welcome Center.

Each entity would develop a portion of the project, with the CFA’s efforts focused on the area around the Welcome Center, and the city’s portion focused on Secrest Auditorium. 

“We are looking at doing a project in our footprint around the Welcome Center,” said Mike Bennett, a member of the Muskingum County Convention Facilities Authority Board of Directors. With other projects underway downtown, now is the right time to start looking at ways to develop their properties, including the former Ohio Power garage on Fourth Street, he said.

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