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Huntsville could be expanding Quigley entertainment district

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HUNSTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- The Quigley entertainment district encompasses key areas in downtown Huntsville.

It could soon be expanded, if an ordinance amending the current district lines is approved as introduced on Thursday. The council will take up the issue again in two weeks.

The proposed new zones include extending coverage near the Von Braun Center and incorporating the area of Holmes Avenue that includes Old Town Beer Exchange.

"It means there's more inclusive of an entertainment district. New places, as they come in, become part of that entertainment district. This would be probably our fourth time to tweak the entertainment district," explained Mayor Tommy Battle.

He said it's important for the city to continue updating the district and what falls into it.

"We'll look at it time and time again. We try to get ahead of growth. And so as we bring in different sections, it also gives us some more availability of retail expansion."

He said this doesn't just benefit businesses and their customers, who may enjoy taking a beverage outdoors around the district. It could also open doors for future downtown events.

"Maybe if we get back into a Big Spring Jam," Battle commented, referencing a concert held in past years. "If you remember there used to be a stage there when we had Big Spring Jam. Or, we might have another time that somebody wants to do a festive event there and tie it back to the Von Braun Center. It just gives us some opportunity."

Mayor Battle couldn't make any promises about upcoming events or concerts. He added, this expanded district could keep doors open for something like that, though.