BJCC, Uptown seeking to become open container district in Birmingham

The BJCC-Uptown District has applied to the City of Birmingham to become an open container district, according to city leaders.

The BJCC made its initial presentation Wednesday to the Birmingham Design Review Committee for the proposed district. The area would allow people to carry alcoholic beverages in approved areas from the Uptown Entertainment District restaurants to the entrances of concert, meeting and exhibit venues.{}

However, people would not be allowed to carry open drinks in event venues, parking areas, or public rights-of-way that are outside of district's boundaries. The proposal was tabled Wednesday to allow more time for the BJCC to work with the committee on details for the district, according to the attraction's spokesperson.{}

"This is a brand new process for the City of Birmingham, and this was step one," says Tad Snider, Executive Director and CEO of the BJCC. "We look forward to working with the Design Review Committee and the City to develop a signage approach for the Uptown entertainment district."

Birmingham passed the open container ordinance in September 2013 after Alabama lawmakers passed a law the previous year allowing for cities to set up open-container districts. Montgomery, Huntsville and Mobile have all set up those districts.

ABC 33/40 is working on finding out if other local business areas still have interest in becoming open-container districts.

Stay with us for more on this developing story.