EXCLUSIVE: New Providence Entertainment District Plan In The Works

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) --  Developers at the Village of Providence are hoping to cash in on the same success downtown Huntsville businesses have seen by creating a new arts and entertainment district.

City leaders confirm a draft ordinance for the proposal has been prepared and could go before city council in the next few weeks.

Under the current plan in the works, the new district will be open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., according to Huntsville City Administrator Rex Reynolds.

"It's an area where there are some people living above some of the retail, we will have to take that into consideration," Reynolds told WHNT News 19 Tuesday afternoon.

Reynolds says the city has asked the Village of Providence to pay for off duty police coverage in the area while the district is in operation.

The Providence main street core is home to several bars and restaurants including Mellow Mushroom, Moe's Original Bar B Que and The Brickhouse Sports Cafe. Several business owners say the welcome the creation of a district but would not comment on record until the proposal is approved.

The Huntsville City Council will need to sign off on any entertainment district plan. Reynolds says there are other areas of the city that could see future district designation, but as of right now the Providence plan is the only one that has formally taken steps with the city.