WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s Town Council passed an ordinance Tuesday repealing a law that kept establishments serving alcohol from occupying several stories.
Before, any Westfield business serving alcohol had to have at least 75 percent of its operating square footage on the first floor of the building it occupies. This change allows large restaurants similar to the Stage House in Scotch Plains to open in Westfield.
Councilman Sam Della Fera has said that that the repealed law limited opportunities for private investments, as well as for residents who would like to go to a larger establishment in Westfield. He used the empty HSBC Bank building as an example of a space that could be used in this way.
The council “determined that it no longer served any useful purpose,” Della Fera said of the law Tuesday night before the final vote.
Della Fera has also said that he was confident that this change in the law could bring more people downtown.
All present voted in favor of repealing the law. Councilman David Oliveira and Councilwoman Vicki Kimmins were absent from the meeting.