AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The Americus City Council made way for new development Thursday night by passing a new ordinance.
The City of Americus now has an entertainment overlay district with two parts, one on the east side, and one on the west side.
This will extend what time bars and restaurants are required to stop selling alcohol in those areas.
"We're just hoping for some redevelopment in these areas," said Josh Roth, the city's Planning and Inspection Director.
The west part of the district is bound partly by Cotton Avenue and M.L.K. Jr., Boulevard, including West Lamar Street and West Forsyth Street.
The east part of the district is bound partly by East Lamar Street and Tripp Street.
Businesses in both parts of the Entertainment Overlay District can now sell alcohol until last call at 2:30 a.m., and must close by 3 a.m.
Roth said at one time, the city had a blanket ordinance for later alcohol sales across the city, but that caused problems.
"We were having some issues with some of the sound and disturbances because it was allowed anywhere in the city at that time," he said.
Roth said this district is further from residential areas, so it shouldn't cause problems.
Buildings in the district will have design standards, like they must use a certain amount of brick, glass, and the building must have a certain pitch and material for the roof.
Roth said the City Council and the public both support the new overlay district.
"Nobody spoke against it," he explained. "We had a couple of folks that would like to look at, possibly if this works well, to look into expanding it."
Roth said he believes some businesses are interested in relocating to those districts.
He also says one business owner is considering opening a new business in that area as well.
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