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Brewpub and Townhomes Proposed for Prominent Italian Village Corner

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The Italian Village Commission will hear a proposal this month to build a brewpub along with eight three-story townhomes at the southwest corner of East Fifth Avenue and North Fourth Street.

The proposal, from Arch City Development, would require the demolition of two single-story cinder-block buildings — most of the 0.4-acre site is currently an unused empty lot.

Brian Higgins of Arch City said that he is “currently talking with a local brewery,” about the location. “We can’t say who yet, but we’re optimistic that we can work something out, and that people will be excited about it.”

Beer would be brewed on site, he said, and brewery kettles would likely be incorporated into the design of the building. A rooftop patio is also being considered.

Plans submitted to the commission call for the brewpub to occupy a one-story, 3,000 square-foot building that would face Fifth Avenue. The townhomes would extend down Fourth Street and would each have a one-car garage and a rooftop deck. A surface lot behind the buildings would provide parking for both the residences and the brewpub.

Higgins said he is excited for the opportunity to provide a for-sale residential product in the neighborhood, and also for the potential to add to a growing cluster of beer-related development.

“Starting Downtown with Wolf’s Ridge, Fourth Street is becoming something like a brewpub corridor,” he said. “We like the energy, with Seventh Son, Hoof Hearted, and the others, and thought that this was a cool idea.”

Higgins said he expects the design of the buildings to be refined after receiving feedback from commission – Behal Sampson Dietz is the architect and is also partnering with Arch City on the project. The review scheduled for the July 19th commission meeting is conceptual, meaning that no vote will take place.

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