Jackson City Council approves new social district for downtown

JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) – On Tuesday evening, the Jackson City Council held a meeting where several important decisions for the area were made, including road construction, park design and a new social district for the downtown.

The city council has voted to create a social neighborhood for downtown Jackson. Once the neighborhood begins later this summer, licensed bars and restaurants will be able to serve alcoholic beverages to patrons there. Guests can enjoy these beverages in outdoor public areas in downtown Jackson.

The hours of operation for the Social District are currently set for certain holidays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to midnight, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to midnight. The neighborhood intends to help businesses serve more customers during the limited capacity rules and allow downtown visitors more space for social distancing.

Several downtown events have also been approved by the council for this summer. Food Truck Tuesdays, Cruise In car shows, concerts and outdoor movie nights will return after being canceled last year. As with most things, the events that unfold depend on the latest COVID-19 guidelines and case numbers.

It’s not all fun news: road construction will take place this summer on Douglas Street, from West Avenue to Mound Avenue. Council also awarded an architectural design services contract for Loomis Park and the Boos Recreation Centre, which the City intends to redevelop over the next few years.

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