§ 3-7-16.4 Class ED license.
(a) The holder of a retail Class ED license must be situated within a defined economic development zone within the city of Providence. The city may designate by ordinance an ED zone for the purpose of encouraging commercial and industrial investment. These zones or zone must consist of one or more contiguous census tract or tracts, or any portion thereof, and must represent substantial commercial or industrial activities within the tract or tracts. At least twenty-five percent (25%) of the developable land area must be zoned for commercial or industrial purposes within the designated zone. Plans for the revitalization of the area shall be adopted by the city council. Prior to any public body acting to create an ED zone, a public hearing must be held.
(b) Class ED licenses are nontransferable and are site specific. The application for ED licenses shall consider the type of facility, location within the designated zone, and economic impact of the commercial activities. The local licensing authority may specifically restrict the level of retail alcoholic beverages sold as well as the hours of sale. The issuing authority shall not grant a Class ED license which would provide longer operating hours for the licensee than that which is provided through any other license the authority is empowered to grant.
(c) The number of Class ED licenses the local licensing authority may grant shall be equal to an additional twenty percent (20%) of its total licensing authority for Class B and Class C licenses.
(P.L. 1986, ch. 548, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 457, § 1.)