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Council delays vote on Lincoln's first entertainment district

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By: Bill Schammert

The push is on for Lincoln's first Entertainment District, a place that allows you to have alcohol outside, within a specified area.

Naturally, The Rail Yard, an area being developed near the new Pinnacle Bank Arena, was the first to apply.

The city council was scheduled to vote on the issue Monday night, but instead voted to delay the decision by at least a week, pending another meeting with city staff.

Trent Fellers was on the only council member to vote no on the issue, but both Doug Emery and Leirion Gaylor-Baird expressed disappointment.

"They have been in contact with the Urban Design Committee and it's been seen a number of times.  This last minute, 11th hour, request doesn't make a lot of sense from where I sit," Councilwoman Gaylor-Baird said.

The district includes Canopy Street, and will be bound by 7th Street on the East, an alley on the west, Q Street on the south, and R Street on the North.

Brett West with WRK Real Estate expressed interest in closing down Canopy Street and obtaining special designated licenses for every Husker football home game, but councilman Emery didn't seem too keen on the idea.

"We're going to have kids down there and we want to people to walk through with their families and not have it be entirely closed off every Saturday," councilman Emery said.

The council is expected to vote on the Entertainment District at next Monday's meeting.

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