The Hanover City Council favored a concept plan review for Lupine Brewing to set up shop along a Crow River property near the Historic Bridge.
The planning commission and city council approved the plan for a brewery and tap room located at Hennepin County Rd. 19 just south of the river.
“Ultimately the planning commission and city council were in favor,” Administrative assistant Brian Hagen said. “It’s a great location, up against the (soon to be under construction) trail. The river is there. It’s a neat area. We’re moving forward.”
Hagen said part of the approval process is review from Hennepin County.
Lupine is requesting some tax abatement for gap funding, and much of the approvals will come from in a planned unit development.
Hagen said the schedule is on an ambitious time frame, with construction planned for this fall.
“Given the tight timeframe, staff recommended waiving the subdivision ordinance collaborative process, and the city council agreed,” Hagen said. “It should speed up the process. Staff is well aware of the planning commission and city council’s desires as far as design.”
Next would be final site plan review and a public hearing for tax abatement.
“It should work out,” Hagen said. “Let’s get this done this fall yet. They’ve got full support from the city.”
The site would feature a tap room where customers could come in and sample beers and buy growler jugs.
“They will also try to market their beer in area establishments,” Hagen said.
He said the proprietors include two Hanover residents and one from St. Michael.
“Sounds like they’ve opened up their big brewery in St. Cloud and the Hanover site is small scale for growlers and a tap room. They just started in St. Cloud. It’s a unique business to this immediate area.”
In other news, the council approved an ordinance to allow bee keeping in the city.
The ordinance restricts bee keeping to parcels at least 2.5 acres in size. Administrative assistant Hagen said the city might do a newsletter with information about bee keeping and its benefits “to educate people. Bees are essential and we really didn’t have a standard, no clear regulation. This provided more information.”
In other action, the council:
APPROVED purchasing wetland credits for the Hennepin County Rd. 19 trail. Construction of the trail from Crow-Hassan Park to the Historic Bridge is planned for this fall.