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Neighborhood meeting May 26 on proposed brewpub at 702 W. Colorado

Proposed to become a brewpub, the building at 702 W. Colorado Ave. is currently vacant but formerly housed a veterinary clinic.
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       A pre-application neighborhood meeting for a proposed West Colorado Avenue brewpub will be Tuesday, May 26 from 6 to 7 p.m.
       The business is planned for the 9,250-square-foot property at 702 W. Colorado. Its two-story building is currently vacant but was most recently used for a veterinary clinic.
       The meeting site will be the Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
       “The purpose of this meeting is to hear any resident concerns and issues regarding this proposal prior to making a formal application,” reads a City Planning postcard notice sent out to residents in the vicinity of the suggested business. “The applicant will conduct a presentation and provide site renderings of the proposal.”
       The notice also states that the West Colorado address “is to be the new home of Cerebrus Brewing Company.” As a brewpub, it would brew beers onsite and offer meal entrees; in addition, the building would have an art studio and administrative office space, the notice states.
       Although several residences are nearby, the property is zoned commercially (C-5), as are many along West Colorado. The Cerebrus owners would need to apply to the city for a development plan minor amendment (to allow the specifically desired uses), as well as for a nonuse variance “to allow an exception to the 200-foot buffer distance of a liquor establishment from a residential use and/or zone,” the card points out.
       These requests would require only staff approval, according to Michael Turisk, the planner assigned to the matter. However, he added, there also may be a need to vacate the public alley at the back of 702 W. Colorado, which would require a vote of City Council.
       This could be the only neighborhood meeting on the proposal, assuming Cerebrus goes forward with a formal application and only minimal concerns are heard May 26, Turisk noted.
       For more information on the project, Turisk can be reached at 385-5090.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 5/19/15; Land: Development Proposals)

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