In most cases, if you want to sell adult beverages, Arizona law requires that your establishment be 300 feet from a church or school. That law isn’t really negotiable, as evidenced by the unique partnership between Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) and Maverik gas station. PUSD had to move their fence to accommodate the Maverik gas station and the law. In return, the school district got an expensive scoreboard. Now Maverik can sell alcohol. You can read about that here:
One of the exceptions to this rule is if the City creates an Entertainment District. An Entertainment District would allow the Council to waive the 300-foot rule on a case-by-case basis. It would also allow certain marketing opportunities that are not available at this time.
You can read about the item in the Council Packet here. (It is item 11B.):
One thing to note, just because it is an Entertainment District, does not mean it will allow adult entertainment.
Today the City Council will vote on that proposition. See the map below - the boundaries would be within the black lines.
Warning: Anyone trying to drive the boundaries of the proposed Entertainment District should realize that this map is not for the directionally challenged. It’s a little bit confusing, but if you have Google Maps side by side, it helps.
The proposed district includes much of downtown, which is expected. But, it also includes neighborhoods, and areas with homes and yards and lovely trees. Such as this section on Lincoln:
Or, near this church on Madison:
This would be a lovely spot for an adult beverage establishment, or even an acceptable alcoholic party location:
This is the neighborhood on Meany Street. Obviously ready for such an establishment:
Anything built here could be called, “On the Rocks.”
Great places for a party! BYOB!
Portions of 6th Street would fall within the Entertainment District.
And Granite Creek Park appears to also be included.
Alarcon already has a winery, what’s a few more?
Sharlot Hall would also be included.
The Methodist Church is within the proposed district.
Some streets are obviously mixed use. But, exactly how mixed?
A special notch was cleared out just for Washington School.
This could be another wonderful place for an alcoholic-beverage-party with a large group of people.
Many of the areas included make sense. Montezuma Street, for example, and McCormick. But some of the locations are a bit surprising, and leads to questions like, “Who does this benefit?”; “Is this really the best plan?” and, “Does this neighborhood really want to change in that direction?”
This item is likely to pass. And if it does, people will want to be vigilent and watch for public meetings, posted notices and other information about changes that might happen in their community.