Council vote clears way for Backyard Ballroom reopening

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New Orleans City Council voted unanimously for a zoning change that will allow the Backyard Ballroom on St. Claude Avenue to reopen. The theater, which opened in 2006, has not been operating since last year because its previous zoning didn't allow for entertainment venues.

Backyard Ballroom originally requested a change to a C-1 commercial district, which the City Planning Commission rejected, arguing the designation would be too commercially intensive for the area. The Commission later recommended C-1A, a toned down commercial zoning district that was approved by council in today's meeting.

See our previous coverage of the theater's zoning problems by Alex Woodward: Siberia gets zoning approval; Backyard Ballroom's future still unclear

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