By PEGGY VLEREBOME

Special to the Courier

A new Italian restaurant planned for Mulberry Street is the third business to receive City Council approval to apply for a Madison Riverfront District liquor license.

The council approved the action for Al Forno restaurant, 320 Mulberry St., owned by Laurel and Richard Wahl, and Christian Wahl, of Madison. The approval was recommended by the city’s Riverfront Beverage Permit Committee.

The special category of liquor license was approved by the state General Assembly last year so that riverfront cities could approve and control permits when there are no more state permits available. The state determines how many licenses a county can have based on population.

Madison plans to approve up to five of the Riverfront District permits. The first two were approved in March for Rembrandt’s, 323-325 E. Main St., and for John Heitz for 122 E. Main St.

Also at the meeting, the council approved a resolution designating the Cotton Mill property an Economic Revitalization Area, which could help the developers as they put together financing to turn the former mill into a hotel on Vaughn Drive at St. Michael’s Avenue.

They will need the designation “if they choose to apply for tax abatements in the future,” Matt Wirth, executive director of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Corp., told the council. JCIDC does economic development for the city.