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Legislation Allows Alcohol Licenses Despite Reaching Limit

Greencastle bar door

Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray says a bigger selection of restaurants would add to the economic vitality of their downtown square. The problem is that Putnam County has used up its limit for alcohol licenses as regulated by the state. But Murray says there’s a way to get around that. It’s a piece of legislation the northwest Indiana city of Valparaiso used to revitalize its square in 2005.

“Number one, your downtown had to be on the National Register of Historic Places, secondly the county courthouse had to located within the district – third component was you had to have an opera house that had once been utilized as an opera house in your downtown and fourth you had to have a jail,” she says.

Since Greencastle meets all of those criteria, Murray says the next step is for city council to recommend an establishment for approval to the local alcohol and beverage commission, which, in turn, can grant a license.

She says these licenses cannot be transferred and the limit is ten, but Valparaiso city leaders might try to ask for an increase since they’ve been successful in their development.

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