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Decatur city council approves arts, entertainment district

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The proposed district will run from Gordon Drive to 4th Avenue. The proposed district will run from Gordon Drive to 4th Avenue.
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

After a unanimous vote from the Decatur City Council, a decision to bring an arts and entertainment district has been approved.  The proposed district will run from Gordon Drive to 4th Avenue.

This is a move that some residents, like Kristen Favors, have wanted to see for a while.

"I think it's a good idea because it does need some work," she said.  "I love it and I think it's pretty here, so I think it would be good to have here." 

Favors has worked at a local hair salon, All About Hair, for years and said sometimes downtown can be slow. But if people had more of a reason to come downtown, it could mean more customers in her chair.

"We don't have any walk-ins because most people don't come down this far, so if we had more shops and businesses coming down this way, it would help our business also," she said.

People would also be able to drink alcohol outside of businesses under the proposed district, but only in a plastic 16 ounce cup, and those services stop one hour before last call.

"A person will be able to buy a drink inside a licensed establishment that can sell drinks, but only one at a time," said Mayor Don Kyle.  "You can't buy one for your buddy, but you can take that drink and visit outside. You can window shop, but you cannot take the drink inside."

The new district's hours will run from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 1 a.m. Friday through Sunday. 

Kyle said the arts and entertainment district should be in effect by the summer. He said there is some signage required and boundaries to be set.

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