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City Council to hear permit request to convert warehouse space into brewery


Staff Writer


An applicant’s request to convert existing warehouse space into a brewery will be considered by the Lincolnton City Council Thursday night.

Lincolnton Business Center is seeking a conditional-use permit to use a portion of property, located on the south side of Motz Avenue, across from Grier Street, to allow for the brewery operation.

The site is in the city’s “General Manufacturing and Commercial” (GMC) district.

An attempt in May to open a bar in the heart of downtown Lincolnton elicited strong opposition from several local residents and was nixed by a majority of the council, though most of those against the proposal cited its vicinity to Main Street as reason. Nonetheless, some expressed concern over an alcohol-related business.

Prior to the council taking action on the brewery request, the public will have a chance to offer comments during a hearing.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, taking place at 7 p.m. at City Hall, City Manager Jeff Emory will provide an update on the East Main Street intersection project, a proposed special-events ordinance and flood damage from recent storms.

Other items on the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting include:

  • A public hearing will be conducted on a proposed amendment to the city’s Code of Ordinances regarding the “accumulation of refuse and weeds prohibited” and “declaration of nuisance.”
  • Council members will consider two resolutions of intent to support the Lincolnton Fire Department in seeking grant funding, one through FM Global Fire Prevention for equipment and another through Firehouse Subs for a digital sign.
  • Council members will consider 2013-2014 Student Advisory Council members.
  • Council members will consider a revised memorandum of understanding for the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO.
  • Council members will consider a proposed contract and lease between the city and Toshiba Business Solutions.
  • Robert Tomlinson is scheduled to appear before the council to discuss “duplication of services.”
  • Council members will consider an endorsement for several downtown events, including a wine festival and a couple of parades.


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