Move over Birmingham, the city of Hoover wants to have an Entertainment District too!
Later this month, the Hoover City Council will consider its first official entertainment district at Stadium Trace Village. Their proposal comes on the heels of last month’s approval of Birmingham’s fourth entertainment district in Avondale.
Entertainment Districts are designed to allow people to carry open containers with alcoholic beverages outside bars and restaurants within a defined area. State law allows the city of Hoover to designate three entertainment districts, according to Allan Rice, Hoover’s City Administrator. This is the first Entertainment request received by the city.
The 44-acre Stadium Trace Village is located at the corner of Highway 150 (John Hawkins Parkway) and I-459.
“We think it is a fantastic location,” said Rice. “It is a relatively new shopping center. There is a lot of energy there with several new restaurants. The developer is planning additional entertainment amenities that would be added – for example a big lawn gathering area and a covered stage for musical performances or outdoor theater.”
The district will not include areas with retail outparcels such as the Aldi grocery store or the UAB Medical Clinic.
Notable “Destination” Restaurants
In the past year, Stadium Trace has opened up some “destination” restaurants, notably:
“We’ve had a lot of good feedback from the community. It (entertainment district) is very much where that part of town is going in terms of shopping, dining, gathering with friends and having fun,” concluded Rice
The ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing and a vote of the council on July 20.