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The State of Michigan is considering two bills that would distribute extra liquor licenses to cities with active downtown development programs. This program is seen as part of the “cool cities” initiative, with the intent of encouraging active downtown areas.
From the Detroit Free Press:
The criteria for getting a redevelopment license would include financial investment of at least $1 million in the development area in cities with fewer than 50,000 residents and at least $50 million in cities with 50,000 or more residents.
The new licenses would have to stay within the downtown area that they were granted to, avoiding the current situation where businesses transfer all of the licenses out of Farmington Hills and into Royal Oak, for example.
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