The Midland Metropolis Council favorably mentioned designating areas of downtown Midland as cultural or leisure districts throughout a gathering final week.

Establishing these districts would help town in revitalizing components of downtown, stimulating financial growth and attracting vacationers, Growth Providers Director Chuck Harrington mentioned final Tuesday. Cultural districts are areas with a excessive variety of cultural or arts services, whereas leisure districts are areas the place leisure venues function the primary attraction.

A cultural district could be tougher to create as a result of an utility would must be submitted to and accredited by the state, Harrington mentioned. Nonetheless, an leisure district would solely want a zone ordinance change from the council, he mentioned.

Some advantages of getting an leisure district embody higher signage for venues like neon indicators, the power for bars and different venues to play music louder than they’d exterior the district and patrons with the ability to carry alcoholic drinks on the road as they stroll from one venue to the subsequent, council members mentioned.