TEXARKANA, Texas — The Metropolis Council on Monday voted unanimously to create a downtown leisure district the place open containers of alcohol might be allowed outside.
The measure amends the town’s alcoholic beverage ordinance and can go into impact June 24, making a steady leisure district on either side of the state line downtown. Texarkana, Arkansas, established its district in 2019. Officers hope the plan might be a lift to downtown exercise.
“Ultimately, I hope it results in extra funding downtown, extra companies, extra eating places, bars. And I hope it’ll enable residents to take pleasure in themselves downtown and never have to fret about stepping over the state line,” mentioned Lisa Thompson, metropolis financial improvement specialist.
The transfer will present residents with “a seamless transition between the Arkansas aspect and Texas aspect downtown, a chance to expertise downtown eating places on either side,” Interim Metropolis Supervisor David Orr mentioned.
Folks might be allowed to have open, non-glass containers of alcoholic drinks outside within the district, aside from Sundays between 2:15 a.m. and midday and different days between 2:15 a.m. and seven a.m. All different alcohol-related legal guidelines, together with the necessity for permits to promote alcohol and the prohibition of open containers in autos, will stay in impact.
The district’s boundaries embody greater than 12 metropolis blocks. It can embrace downtown spots such because the Perot Theatre, the Texarkana Regional Arts Middle, the Artwork Park, the Kress Hole, the Ace of Golf equipment Home, Pecan Level, Silvermoon on Broad and the Farmers’ Market. The Bi-state Justice Constructing is excluded.
Airport land buy
The Council unanimously accepted a decision authorizing the Texarkana Airport Authority to purchase 38 acres of land adjoining to Texarkana Regional Airport property. The Texarkana Arkansas Board of Administrators should grant its approval throughout a gathering subsequent week earlier than the acquisition could be made.
Added to land the airport already owns, the acquisition will lead to a block of 120 acres of land accessible for improvement, Airport Government Director Paul Mehrlich instructed the Council.
“It’s our intention to companion with the REDI group and use that for attracting air cargo on the airport,” he mentioned, referring to regional financial improvement group AR-TX REDI.
Sidewalk grant functions
The Council accepted submitting functions for grants from the Texas Division of Transportation to fund enhancements to pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
The town will request $1.8 million to construct sidewalks alongside Kennedy Lane and $800,000 for sidewalks alongside Leopard Lane from two totally different TxDOT funding applications, Transportation Options Set-Apart, or TASA, and Protected Routes to Faculty-Infrastructure, or SRTS.
SRTS grants don’t require matching funds, however TASA grants require a 20% match, which the town would pay with a mix of in-kind labor and money. Federal transportation improvement credit might cowl the match expenditures.
The Council additionally conduct hearings and voted to approve quite a lot of rezoning and allowing requests.
A vacant tract of land north of 100 Gazola St. might be rezoned to permit multi-family housing to be constructed there. The land’s proprietor is contemplating donating it to the Mt. Sinai Home of Prayer Church, which has proposed a number of multi-family constructing initiatives within the rapid space.
So much at 302 Daniels St. might be rezoned to permit a double-wide manufactured house there. The Council additionally accepted a particular use allow for the location. One other accepted request will rezone 605 Ward Ave. to permit a double-wide there.
The Council additionally accepted a web site plan for a Panda Specific restaurant to be constructed at 3100 St. Michael Drive.
Neighborhood Growth Block Grants
The Council heard first briefings on three measures associated to federal Neighborhood Growth Block Grants. Public hearings and votes will comply with throughout the Council’s subsequent scheduled assembly, on July 12.
One would amend the town price range to account for greater than $293,000 in CDBG funding acquired because of the COVID-relief CARES Act. The second would reallocate $163,000 from an inactive mortgage fund to a different fund from which CDBG-guaranteed loans are repaid. The third would approve the town’s 2021 motion plan for CDBG funds.
Ward 4 Council Member Christie Web page was absent from the assembly, so in accordance with the town constitution, Mayor Bob Bruggeman participated in voting.