Map of Proposed Rezoning for BE Business Entertainment Zoning District Properties

Map of Proposed Rezoning for BE Business Entertainment Zoning District Properties

Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting

On-Premise Beer Sales Expanded

By a four to three vote, the Mayor and Board of Alderman eliminated zoning restrictions on the on-premise sale of beer in the Town of Arlington on Monday, August 4. Voting for Ordinance 2014-07 were Aldermen Glen Bascom, Oscar Brooks, Brian Thompson, and Mayor Mike Wissman. Voting against were Aldermen Gerald McGee, Harry McKee, and Jeff McKee.

A hotly contested issue in the weeks leading up to the meeting, this decision  lifts the previously restriction of on-premise beer sales to Business Entertainment (BE) and B3 zoning districts.  Effective immediately,  this change permits on-premise beer permits in all commercial zoning districts where restaurants are allowed. “Neighborhood Restaurants,” or those with 39 or fewer seats are restricted from beer sales, however.


Tennessee Tax-Free holiday_2013This weekend, shoppers in Tennessee they will save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers as they can buy certain items without paying sales tax from August 1 through August 3.


Looking east on Walker Street.  Staff Photo.

Looking east on Walker Street in Downtown Arlington, Tennessee. Staff Photo.


Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced last month that Arlington was one of six cities chosen to participate in the Tennessee Downtowns program. Tennessee Downtowns is a highly competitive community improvement program for cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts. Selection was based on five core criteria: historic resources, need (economic and physical), demonstrated local effort, overall presentation and probability of success.


Three local businesses are expanding their offerings this spring to the 38002 area.

Lisa McGrory, a Lakeland resident and owner of Memphis Elite Cheer and Dance in Cordova, has turned her former CSI gym location in Arlington into “Jump N’ Jamz,” and inflatable play space. With its Grand Opening set for March 28, Jump N Jamz will cater primarily to the birthday party crowd, but also offers open play for pre-school children on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Jump N’ Jamz is McGrory’s first venture into the inflatable party market after 12 years in Lakeland and then Arlington with CSI, McGrory purchased Memphis Elite in 2013 and moved her Arlington Elite competitive cheer team to the Cordova location. Jump N’ Jamz is located at 12130 Arlington Trail (867-2169).

After 10 years, Arlington Dance Arts will be leaving its Depot Square location for bigger digs in the Arlington Collection.  Located next to Bellevue Arlington, the new space will contain a larger dance studio and two music studio rooms.

Brandy Stover-Griffith, owner of Dance Arts commented that after the move, the 14 year old company will  “hopes to add homeschool classes during the day and pom/cheer technique class on the weekend.”

Dance Arts plans to be in its new space by May1, Stover-Griffith said, and a Grand Opening will be held in mid-May.  The new studio is located at 11695 Hwy. 70, Arlington (864-8844).

bikesLiveFit Studio, owned by long-time Arlington resident Adina Wiseman, will be expanding into the former Dance Arts building in Depot Square. Wiseman plans to almost double the total number of class offerings after the June 1 Grand Opening.

After moving into the 1600 sq. ft. building, Wiseman will expand her indoorclasses to include spinning, barre, and pilates classes in addition to TRX. Boot Camp will continue in the Farmer’s Market space and outside. In Depot Square.

LiveFit Studio is located at 12028 Walker Street, Arlington (484-5490).

Mayor and BOA to Discuss Zoning, Expanding Beer Sales

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen will hold a work session on April 3 to discuss amendments to the Arlington Municipal Code, Title 8, Chapter 2, Beer.

Mayor Mike Wissman explains that this work session is not only about on-premise beer consumption, but he also expects the board to look at making “tweaks” to zonings city-wide.

“As we meet with land developers, they ask, ‘Can I put a restaurant here?’ and we have to say, ‘Yes, but no beer.”

Wissman sees that zoning modifications could spur development   and add restaurants in more parts of town. Currently, restaurants located outside of the Business Entertainment District (roughly between from Airline Road north of the railroad tracks to Depot Square) can only serve liquor, but not beer.

This is not the first time that the beer ordinance has been addressed in recent years. Wissman notes that two months after he was elected to office, a motion to expand beer sales throughout the town was defeated 5-2.

Any recommended changes in zoning that result from the  work session will have to be approved by the Planning Commission before returning to the Board of Aldermen for a vote.



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