Following a public hearing, the Birmingham City Council unanimously voted to designate Five Points South as an entertainment district. The new ordinance is slated to go into effect March 1, 2020.
Five Points South becomes an Entertainment District!
The designation is the third of its kind in Birmingham with Uptown being approved in 2015, and Pepper Place being approved last year. The boundaries of the entertainment district allow for open containers of alcohol to be carried outside of establishments, and in turn increase foot traffic in areas that are developed for music, restaurants and bars.
“When you look and see the crowd and atmosphere around Five Points South, especially on the weekends, having that as a designated entertainment district just makes common sense,” “It’s about improving the experience of not only those who live here, but those visiting from other cities. You can walk around with a drink, listen to music and just have a great time experiencing all that the area has to offer. We believe it will add to increased sales revenues at the businesses within the footprint of this district.”
– Councilor Hunter Williams, chair of the Public Safety Committee
According to the ordinance, the hours of operation will be Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every week.
State law allows Class 1 municipalities in Alabama to have as many as five entertainment districts, leaving Birmingham with two additional districts available for the designation.
Councilor Valerie Abbott, who represents the district, believes this will be an economic boost for the area.
“I think it’s going to be a real shot in the arm for the Five Points South business district,” “You know, Five Points was the original entertainment district in Birmingham. It’s important that we have the extra incentive here for people to visit Five Points and spend money. We certainly have a lot of fabulous restaurants and bars, and I’m sure they’re going to be very excited about this.”
– Councilor Valerie Abbott –
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