The district will be known as the Chaffee Crossing Entertainment District and will be across from the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education.

BARLING, Ark. – The city of Barling is preparing to bring an entertainment district to the area.

Businesses and the mayor look forward to bringing the entertainment district to the area. Companies like Pizza Parlor say it could bring more business to them and others.

“It will be a big boost for this sub-community, for the city and the surrounding areas, especially for the Chafee junction,” said Barling Mayor Wally Gattis.

To get to that point, Barling city directors had to do three things on Tuesday night. The first to enact an ordinance to create an advertising and doctoral committee to promote the district. The second to approve a 1 cent hospitality tax to help fund the commission. Lastly, approve the entertainment district. They did all three on Tuesday.

The district is known as the Chaffee Crossing Entertainment District. It will be across from the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education.

What the entertainment district will offer is the chance for adults to wander around outside with alcoholic beverages. The owners say this will be a boost to their business and something customers have been waiting for.

“They claim to ask customers that they are very upset that they cannot take adult drinks outside of these walls. You are like why? Why are you a private club when we can’t even enjoy it where we want? So, yeah, it’s definitely something customers will be very excited about, ”said Selena Lee, co-owner of Pizza Parlor and Erica Hall.

Mayor Gattis says they are currently working on discussing when the entertainment district will open.

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