MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – Marquette’s Downtown Development authority is taking steps towards its proposed social district. The DDA will be hosting public meeting next week to discuss the proposal.
The social district would allow for qualified businesses with liquor licenses within the district in Downtown Marquette to extend its license into the designated common areas. Social District cups would be used for beverages sold, any drinks purchased would not allowed in other venues, just in the designated outdoor areas.
The DDA addressed concerns about the social district potentially contributing to alcohol related crimes, Michael Bradford, Business Outreach and Promotions Coordinator at the DDA said in similar districts the police have yet to see any increase.
The DDA says its hoping to have the social district approved for summer of this year to see the economic benefits during the summer tourist season.
The public meetings will be held February 28th from 5:30 to 6:30pm and march first from 11am to noon at the Marquette commons.