A committee of the Pine Bluff City Council on Tuesday recommended that the full council approve an ordinance dealing with the relocation of a private club.


Hot Rods bar, which has been located at 6000 Sheridan Road inside the former Big Banjo building, wants to move to 201 S. Main St. because their former location has been torn down to make way for a new Shipley’s Donuts.


Members of the council’s Development and Planning Committee were told that the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board now requires private clubs that want to move or open to have their city council adopt an ordinance saying they are aware of the relocation.


Dave Miller, the owner of Hot Rods, said he closed his business Dec. 31 and was waiting on council approval before getting a permit to remodel the new location, which was formerly a pizza restaurant and before that was the long-time site of Reed Collier Drugs.


The ordinance the council will consider when they meet Tuesday, Feb. 20, says, in part, that “The City Council of the City of Pine Bluff has no objection to the Alcohol Beverage Control agency to review and process Dave Miller’s application to relocate Hot Rods to 201 S. Main St., Pine Bluff, AR.”


The move downtown will make Hot Rods the second new business to open recently in the heart of the city. Uptown Salon and Boutique had its grand opening and ribbon cutting earlier this month at 204 S. Main Street. Just a few blocks to the south, the new Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library’s main branch will begin construction later this year, marking what local officials are hoping will be a downtown renaissance.


Also Tuesday, aldermen Glen Brown Jr. and Bill Brumett recommended that property in the 5900 block of Duke Street in the Dollarway area be rezoned to B-3 highway commercial so that a developer can establish a retail business on the property. A companion ordinance would close a portion of an unimproved section of Duke Street that the developer plans to use for parking for the business.


Inspection and zoning officials for the city declined to identify the business but did say that it would not be a dollar store.


The committee also recommended an ordinance dealing with contractors failing to obtain a permit when doing electrical work in the city be approved. That proposed ordinance calls for contractors who are caught doing work without a permit be fined three times the cost of the permit and no additional permits will be granted until the fines are paid in full.