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City leaders plan to keep downtown Huntsville thriving

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City leaders hope to woo more businesses and restaurants to the district. City leaders hope to woo more businesses and restaurants to the district.

Last month, the city of Huntsville launched their downtown Arts and Entertainment Districts. One attraction that keeps people headed downtown is the arts portion, but that's expected to end in August, so what does that mean for the district?

City leaders said they knew this would happen, so they have already started brainstorming. They are working to recruit more excitement to downtown and part of the formula includes adding more restaurants and businesses.

"We've got some pretty good things that are going to be happening in the future," said Huntsville Councilman Bill Kling. "We are looking at more developments and more restaurants, things that'll attract people to the downtown area." 

Kling said this is all in an effort to keep people flocking downtown after the arts portion of the arts and entertainment district leaves at the end of August.

"The city council has been working with Big Spring Partners and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. to basically revitalize downtown. We are looking at a lot of ideas," he said. "One of them is of course more arts in the downtown area. Also, the open container law has been changed by the state legislature, and we've been trying that out Thursday and Friday nights on a trial basis. I think we'll probably expand those nights."

Kling says the next couple of weeks will continue to be experimental in determining the best way to go about having a thriving downtown area.

"We want to kind of stick our feet in the water to find out how much cleanup costs would be and how much police protection we'd have to have, but it seems to be working well," he said.

Kling said city leaders plan to meet sometime in September to considering expanding the days and times of the district. 

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