Avondale Estates considers creating ‘entertainment district’ for downtown
Avondale Estates is considering the creation of an entertainment district in its central business district that would allow for open-container alcoholic beverages.
The proposal is up for discussion at the City Commission’s Jan. 23 work session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. These meetings are held at City Hall, located at 21 N Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates, GA 30002, and are open to the public.
The city’s Downtown Development Authority recently passed a resolution in support of the idea. The resolution said the entertainment district would allow for “limited” open container alcoholic beverages in a defined area during specific hours, sold by businesses with a valid alcohol license.
Sam Collier, the DDA vice chair, said the city is trying to emulate what other cities have done with their downtown areas.
City Manager Patrick Bryant said the proposal is part of the city’s overall vision for revitalizing its business district.
“Obviously, a goal of the board [of Mayor and Commissioners] is to redevelop the central business district over the course of time in concert with the road diet and street grid and new development,” Bryant said. “We just want to ensure the central business district is a climate that is attractive to future development. I think one of the ways to do that is through declaration of an entertainment district.”
But the decision to create a new district will ultimately be the City Commission’s, he said.
“We haven’t had that discussion at the board level,” Bryant said. “We’ll see which direction the board wants to take it.”