Governor signs measure allowing alcohol sales near UCO's Bricktown campus

Bars and clubs will be allowed to operate near the University of Central Oklahoma's Academy of Music in Oklahoma City's Bricktown entertainment district under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Mary Fallin.
BY Michael McNutt mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: May 8, 2012
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Bars and clubs will be allowed to sell alcohol near the University of Central Oklahoma's Academy of Music in the Bricktown entertainment district under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Senate Bill 1218 allows businesses to obtain a permit to sell low-point beer or mixed beverages if they are within 300 feet of a university or college that is inside a business improvement district and if the college or university waives the 300-foot prohibition.

UCO's Academy of Music building falls under that description. The school, popularly known as ACM@ UCO, offers two-year associate degree programs in bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, music business, music production and vocals. Classes are taught by music industry veterans, and supplemented with master classes featuring invited guests.

The law takes effect in late August.

When UCO last year bought the Oklahoma Hardware Building along the Bricktown Canal, it triggered a law that prohibits issuing licenses to new bars or clubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from liquor if they are within 300 feet of a church or school.

That law prohibits the opening of any new bars or clubs on the Bricktown Canal between the Bricktown ballpark and the BNSF Railway viaduct. It also affects properties between Sheridan and Reno avenues.