Rogers to propose Railyard Entertainment District

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Rogers City Council will be proposing a new entertainment district for the downtown area. The city is calling it the “Railyard Entertainment District.”

The proposed boundaries for the district are set to run from Chestnut Street to Cherry Street. Within the area, you’ll be able to carry drinks out of participating bars, breweries, or restaurants. 

CEO of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, Raymond Burns, said it’s a project the city has been working toward for some time. 

“We’ve been working on the Railyard Park for several years now and as soon as Arkansas allowed for entertainment district to be formed in Arkansas. It just makes sense that people can have a drink and then walk over to a concert,” said Burns.

One of the businesses within the district, Ozark Beer Co., says a proposal like this would be a great addition to the progress already being made downtown. 

“We are super excited, it’s a big piece of the overall transformation that’s taken place since we’ve been here,” said Marketing Manager for Ozark Beer Co. Marty Shutter.

Rogers City Attorney Bonnie Bridges says if the district is approved we could be seeing the effects sooner than later.

“If the emergency clause to the ordinance is approved along with the ordinance then it goes into effect immediately, yes,” said Bridges.

The Rogers City Council is set to meet and discuss this proposal Tuesday, April 27th.

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