ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS
The City of Huntsville offers two Arts & Entertainment Districts in Downtown Huntsville. They include the 96-acre Quigley District and the 10-acre Meridian District (see map).
The City's goal in establishing the Arts & Entertainment Districts is to animate downtown with cultural events and to create a lively environment. The Arts Council is working with area organizations and musicians to launch the districts in summer 2013 by scheduling performers and dancers on the Courthouse Square and in Big Spring Park. Organizations will also host Friday night outdoor movie screenings, art strolls, literary readings, and other cultural venues throughout the summer. It is a great time to be in downtown Huntsville!
To complement the outdoor activity, patrons will be allowed to purchase an alcoholic beverage from an Arts & Entertainment District Permittee and carry it outdoors to consume within the Arts & Entertainment District boundaries. An Arts & Entertainment District Permittee is an on-premise alcoholic beverage licensed retailer that has obtained an Arts & Entertainment District Permit from the City and has received an appropriate designation from the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Application forms: .PDF File or Online Form.
The Quigley and Meridian Districts will begin June 20, 2013 with a 90-day "soft opening" on Thursday and Friday nights from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Participating businesses will be required to do the following:
1. Apply for a special Arts & Entertainment District Permit. The permit is free of charge and may be filled out .PDF File or Online Form or in the City Clerk-Treasurer's Office on the 3rd floor of City Hall.
2. Provide disposable plastic cups, not to exceed 16 ounces, for beverages "to-go." After a 30-day trial period, the City is working with participating businesses to purchase special cups printed with the Arts & Entertainment District logo.
3. Display a sign near the business exit stating district hours of operation. Downloadable versions will be available online at http://www.huntsvilleal.gov/clerk/priv_lic.php or the business may design one of its own with the information.
4. Train bartenders, hostesses and servers on the District hours of operation.
After the first 90 days of operation, the City administration and City Council will determine whether to expand the district's boundaries, dates and times of operation. Public input throughout the introductory period will be extremely important in helping us make these decisions.
We anticipate a number of questions in the coming weeks and months as we work through the launch, and we invite you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page.
If you need additional information, please contact:
Beverage permits, cups, and signage
Dennis Cole, City Clerk Treasurer's Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 256-427-5093
Enforcement, public safety
Sgt. Mark Roberts, HPD, Mark.email@example.com, 256-427-7197
Clean up and sanitation
Joy McKee, Director of Landscape Management, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Arts and cultural performances and programming
Allison Dillon-Jauken, email@example.com, 256-519-2787
Jim McGuffey, Manager of Planning, firstname.lastname@example.org, 256-564-8008
For all other inquires
Kelly Schrimsher, Director of Communications, email@example.com,
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