Millennial Park granted rezoning to include alcohol sales despite community’s push back

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – After month’s long push back and changes, Millennial Park will soon be serving alcohol on its property.

Wednesday, all but one East Baton Rouge Metro-Council members voted to approve the C-AB-1 rezone.

“I didn’t think this day would come. You know, I’ve already kind of in my mind was like, it’s okay if we don’t get it, it is what it is” said Millennial Park’s CEO, Cameron Jackson.

Since applying for an alcohol permit Millennial Park’s owner, Cameron Jackson received opposition from the Oak Hills community.

People who live in the neighborhood adjacent to the property complained the shipping container park was already bringing increased foot traffic, road congestions and violating noise ordinances.

“We definitely don’t need no alcohol because that would make it worse” said an Oak Hills resident.

District One’s East Baton Rouge Metro-Councilman, Brandon Noel said he understands the concerns for the community, but denying the rezone would not effect the problems that are currently in place.

The rezoning lets alcohol be sold in a restaurant, but 51% of its revenue has to come from food.

In January the Metro-Council allowed Jackson to alter his request, suggesting he apply for a C-AB-1 instead of a C-AB-2, a permit that would have allowed his business to operate as a bar.

Mayor Pro Tem, Lamont Cole said it was their duty to approve the new request because the proper changes were made.

“We gave this young man a number of instructions to do certain things and he’s gone and done them. Will there still be challenges, yes? I think we have to work through to resolve those challenges as best as we can” said Cole.

The owner said, despite the push back he’ll continue counting on the community to make his dreams a reality.

“I’m basically in the neighborhood so I don’t want any bad blood. I’m thankful that we were able to work together and get this sorted out.”

As of now, there’s no time frame on when alcohol sales will begin.

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