Continuing a region-wide trend, the city of Homewood will consider establishing designated entertainment districts this month.
The development of one or more entertainment districts was proposed during a meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee earlier this week by councilor Jennifer Andress.
How Entertainment Districts Work
An entertainment district is a designated area for businesses with alcohol licenses to allow drinks to be taken off premises within the district’s boundaries and during certain hours.
In a statement to Bham Now, Homewood City Councilor Jennifer Andress told us why the proposed ordinance makes sense and is a great opportunity.
“During the pandemic, the plaza at City Hall became a place that people came to, to sit outside, spread out, watch their kids play and enjoy food and beverages. After speaking with our restaurant owners as well as surrounding municipalities who have passed similar ordinances and local acts, we are pursuing an entertainment district designation. This will allow our citizens to purchase an adult beverage from our restaurants with an ABC license, and carry an open container as they stroll through downtown window shopping and enjoying all our downtown has to offer. We are also looking at Edgewood and West Homewood for future designations.”
Entertainment Districts have become very popular in Birmingham and surrounding suburban communities.
The city of Birmingham has four entertainment districts at:
Additional legislation was proposed by State Senator Rodger Smitherman to add up to 15 entertainment districts with the Birmingham city limits.
The Homewood City Council will consider the entertainment district proposal in the month of August, according to Andress.