Outdoor music may be arriving in 3 neighborhoods

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana supports an idea of three separate entertainment districts bringing in added economic development opportunities to the city and improving quality of life for those seeking a night out on the town.

Campana met with several members of downtown establishments Wednesday as he said he plans to present an entertainment ordinance before City Council Oct. 24. It would require two readings before council.

Jennifer Locey, representing two Holiday Inns, including the James Restaurant and two Marriotts, viewed the ordinance with favor, especially for those who enjoy open air dining.

Also present at the meeting were Charles Imbro, owner of The Brickyard, 3 Gringos and Barrel 135, and Marc Schefsky, general manager of the Genetti Hotel and Suites.

The ordinance would permit music to be on speakers and live bands to perform outside buildings in specified cordoned-off areas from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and weekends. Police would monitor the noise levels and respond to any complaints.

The measure first goes before the City Planning Commission Oct. 21. The three zones would be in the Central Business District, along Washington Boulevard and on areas of Arch and surrounding streets in Newberry.

Gary Knarr, city zoning officer, said he will have to first petition the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for a waiver and the board typically would hold three public hearings regarding the proposed districts.

Following the hearings, a decision would take place on the waivers and a ruling in 60 days, Knarr said.

“You’re looking at the January to February timeframe with a spring start for outside entertainment permitted,” he said.