MARCH 18, 2020 UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the Mobile City Council is limiting public attendance at meetings and holding over any agenda items of particular interest to the public. We will inform our supporters of the new date when it is provided to us.
We’re excited to share an update with you about the 401 Dauphin Street entertainment and events venue project. We have appealed the Planning Commission’s decision (see below for a recap of the January 9, 2020 meeting) and will now go before the City Council on Tuesday, March 31*. Your support is vital at this next stage!
If you would like to be a voice for positive, progressive change in Mobile, Alabama, please send your support letter to the City Council. Better yet, come see government leadership at work by attending the council meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The City Council wants to hear from YOU!
City Council Meeting
March 31, 2020 at 10 a.m. – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
200 Government Plaza
Mobile, AL 36602
(Look for people wearing our support stickers!)
We need your support letters ASAP!
Please email your letter of support to 401Dauphin@gmail.com OR mail it directly to the Mobile City Council. You can find a form letter of support here.
If you are interested in showing your support in other ways, please send a quick email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to share our messages and updates with your friends and neighbors. We will be posting key messages to social media soon and want to make sure everyone knows about the project! THEN, plan to join us on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the City Council meeting at 200 Government Plaza. Look for other supporters wearing our stickers!
In 2014, the City of Mobile created an additional layer of regulation on top of the “T5.1 District” that 401 Dauphin Street resides in, where entertainment uses over 100 occupancy were required to receive planning commission approval, regardless of building size. Neighbors within 300′ of a proposed development are invited to voice concerns and support at the planning commission meetings. Even though Mobile’s downtown businesses struggle with the City’s population exodus and the aesthetics of numerous vacant and condemned buildings, we were not able to win over a small vocal group of property owners in opposition.
However, we had a monumental breakthrough at the Planning Commission meeting on January 9, 2020 when the commissioners finally realized the “entertainment district” is not a zoning district! You may have heard 401 Dauphin is in a “gap” in the “entertainment district,” but this is an open container ordinance not even mentioned in the zoning code. This use of the term “district” confused our opposition and the Planning Commission into thinking this “gap” had somehow created a “residential zone.”
Now that this acknowledgement is on the record, we feel confident the City Council will understand the source of the previous arbitrary denials and approve our appeal. Please stop by the City Council meeting to be a contributing voice that changes our city’s future for the better and paves the way for a vibrant and revitalized downtown Mobile!
*Please note the Mobile City Council voted to delay their vote from our original date of March 3 to March 31, 2020. This page has been updated to reflect the new date.