Roanoke City Council votes to ban smoking in parts of Elmwood Park

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – At Tuesday night’s Roanoke City Council meeting, a vote was taken in favor of banning outdoor public smoking in parts of Elmwood Park.

The new ordinance restricts smoking in areas outside of the food vending area as well as the lower seating area.

People who violate the ban would face a $25 fine.

The ordinance takes effect immediately.

Also, during the meeting, City Council voted on a public/private partnership with Big Lick Hospitality, LLC.

Under the agreement, Big Lick would build a hotel on Church Avenue, SE.

The City would be responsible for building a 500-space parking facility to go with the new hotel.

Plus, City Council also approved a proposal to sell part of a parking lot to the Roanoke Higher Education Authority.

That space would eventually be used as a plaza honoring local civil rights activist Oliver White Hill.

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