This website has been created to provide information, updates, and revisions to the proposed Downtown Entertainment District.
What is the Downtown Entertainment District?
On April 26, 2010 the State Legislature approved HB 2596 which allows for Cities to designate an entertainment district – defined as an area with a significant number of Entertainment, Artistic and Cultural Venues, including Music Halls, Concert Facilities, Theaters, Arenas, Stadiums, Museums, Studios, Galleries, Restaurants, Bars and other related facilities.
What is the purpose of the Entertainment District?
Other than defining areas of Entertainment, Artistic and Cultural Venues, the Entertainment District only applies to liquor licenses that are restricted from locating within 300 feet of a Church or Charter School.
Currently certain types of liquor licenses such as those for Restaurants and Hotels/Motels are able to locate next to any church or school throughout the City. This legislation allows for Cities, on a case by case basis, to approve the location of additional types of liquor licenses near churches or charter schools only if they are located in an Entertainment District.