Community Improvement District votes to approve Tiger Town street closure

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 11:03 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —A waiver request for street closures was part of a package for approval presented by Tiger Town organizers at the Community Improvement District meeting Tuesday evening. 

District board members voted to approve street closure requests for the block-party-style events on Eighth Street from Broadway to the north and Elm Street to the south. These street closure requests must still be approved by the City Council.

The plan stands, as of now, for only a specific area of Eighth Street to be designated for open containers of alcohol, as would be required by state law. The open container ordinance will go to the City Council for approval Monday. 

The festival-type events will only take place before Southeastern Conference home games, beginning Sept. 8 against Georgia. Tiger Town organizers' tentative plan is to close off the designated area at 3 a.m. before home games and to reopen them when the games start. This differs from organizers' original plan, which also allowed for post-game festivities.

Eighth Street was selected for the events' location because it's equidistant to all parts of downtown, Tiger Town organizer Greg Steinhoff said.

Supervising editor is Ann Elise Taylor.

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