Dunwoody to acquire two new entertainment districts
Dunwoody will soon have two new container districts open.
At its June 14 meeting, Dunwoody City Council approved an ordinance creating two new entertainment districts where visitors can roam freely with alcoholic beverages.
The two new neighborhoods would be in the existing Ashford Lane shopping center at 4531 Olde Perimeter Way – which is currently undergoing massive redevelopment – and in the future High Street development. The High Street development has yet to be built, but is expected to include retail, office and living spaces, according to its website. The development would be located on 36 acres at the northwest intersection of Perimeter Center Drive and Hammond Drive.
The board first considered this ordinance at a May 24 meeting. During that meeting, city staff suggested that the city remove the requirement for open containers to have stickers indicating the drink was approved for outdoor consumption. However, after the council’s recoil, the ordinance was approved with the sticker requirement in place.
Two other changes include adding wording prohibiting visitors from bringing their drinks into active, fenced construction areas and parking garages. These proposed changes would apply to all of the city’s entertainment districts, including Dunwoody Village.
Council member Tom Lambert asked how the city plans to ensure all businesses are well informed about how open container rules work. Economic Development Director Michael Starling said the city is creating signs for each business and will meet with businesses to discuss what they can and can’t do.
“I want to thank everyone for being proactive on this and for setting up these entertainment districts before these businesses open,” Lambert said. “I think it’s good for the business and good for the community.”