Huber Heights is asking voters to approve a measure in May that would give the city the ability to sell beer, wine and liquor on Sundays at its $18 million music center.
The issue will appear on the May 6 ballot in all voter precincts because the music center — being built on Executive Boulevard — is a community facility, city attorney Alan Schaeffer said.
If it passes, it would take effect immediately. Construction of the 4,500-seat covered music center is expected to be completed by late summer 2014.
“Once it does open, it would apply,” Schaeffer said. “We’re pointing for the 2015 season, even though it might be open late 2014.”
The ballot language presented to voters — as mandated by state law — will read: “Shall the sale of beer and intoxicating liquor be permitted on days of the week other than Sunday and between the hours of eleven a.m. and midnight on Sunday, at The Music Center at the Heights, a community facility …”
Schaeffer said the precinct the music center is in is “wet,” already allowing the sale of beer, wine and liquor Monday through Saturday, and only beer on Sunday. If approved by voters, it would extend Sunday sales to include wine and liquor, and the passage would be site-specific only to the music center, he said.
If the measure fails, the current precinct status would remain, Schaeffer said.
“We want full flexibility of utilizing the music center to its full capacity,” Huber Heights assistant city manager Scott Falkowski said. “This gives us the maximum use possible and the greatest benefit to the citizens.”
There are 23 precincts in Huber Heights — 22 in Montgomery County and one in Miami County. The proper paperwork was filed with the boards of elections by the Feb. 5 deadline, and an application has been submitted to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, Schaeffer said.
“If they don’t pass this, our music center is not going to make it,” resident Janell Smith said. “I don’t know of any concert venue that can succeed without the sale of alcohol. I’m all for it. It’s the only way it will succeed.”
According to a Conventions, Sports & Leisure study, the city projects to collect a $400,000 profit annually — following management, maintenance, advertising and utility costs — after two full seasons of events at the music center.
The music center site is on 33.6 acres of land along the south side of Executive Boulevard, west of Meijer near the Interstate 70 and Ohio 201 interchange.
The property is being prepared for both the music center and GoodSports Enterprises’ proposed $22 million fieldhouse/hotel. The music center will be at the west end of the property, with the fieldhouse between it and Meijer.
The Dayton Daily News has provided in-depth coverage on the Huber Heights music center story since we broke the news in December 2012 of the city’s proposal. We will continue to follow this story closely and bring you the latest updates as they develop.