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Approval sought for microbrewery to come to Manchester

By: Bonnie Krueger

14336 Manchester Road [Google Maps photo]

Calling all beer lovers. A microbrewery may be coming to a street near you in the city of Manchester.

Two public hearings were held prior to the regular Board of Aldermen meeting on April 16 to address ordinances regarding a microbrewery, owned by Nico Properties II, LLC and proposed for a vacant property at 14336 Manchester Road.

After initial review by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, city staff deemed it necessary to revise certain provisions of the current liquor license regulations to define the term microbrewery and address other small details that are unique to microbreweries. A microbrewery is defined as a business whose primary activity is brewing and selling of beer with an annual production of 10,000 barrels or less. It also addressed general licensing terminology, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales.

In order for the microbrewery to be able to move into the existing Planned Business Development District, a special use permit is required. During the public hearing, two neighboring businesses addressed the board and city staff regarding parking concerns. Manchester City Attorney Patrick Gunn and Melanie Rippetoe, director of planning and zoning, assured the speakers that the issue will be looked into and a suitable plan put in place before the ordinances are presented for a final vote and possible approval at the May 7 board meeting.

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