Posted: December 17, 2015 Eau Claire brewery seeks bigger building
By Andrew Dowd of The Leader-Telegram
A small Eau Claire brewery is seeking to move into a larger industrial building about a block from its current location.
During last Wednesday morning's Redevelopment Authority meeting, the Brewing Projekt will request an exclusive 90-day right to negotiate on the soon-to-be vacant building at 1807 Oxford Ave.
"We know this area is slated for redevelopment, and we want to stay downtown," said William Glass, the brewery's creator.
Both the brewery's current building and prospective new location are within the Cannery District, an area that Eau Claire's Redevelopment Authority is working to revitalize.
The RDA had planned to raze buildings it bought in the district, but city economic development administrator Mike Schatz said it will hear the brewery's proposal to renovate the building.
"The original intent was to tear all the buildings down in the Cannery District," he said.
But some buildings in the area that already had recent expansion or major renovations, namely Kwik Trip and the Eau Claire Children's Theatre, will remain.
The brewery's plan is to move into and renovate the building, which had previously served as a food warehouse, to increase production at a larger location that also has the benefit of views of the Chippewa River.
The brewery intends to use the three-month window to investigate if it can revamp the building to fit its needs and negotiate a purchase price with the Redevelopment Authority.
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