City welcomes microbrewery to build downtown

City welcomes microbrewery to build downtown

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city of Albany hopes that a new microbrewery on Pine Avenue will become an anchor business for the struggling downtown area of town.

The city issued a release Tuesday morning saying that City Manager, Sharon Subadan and City Attorney Nathan Davis will develop a memorandum of understanding to provide $1.25 Million of 'Revolving Loan Funds' to Pretoria Farms, LLC for the microbewery project to 'jumpstart' downtown redevelopment.

The proposed microbrewery would build on two adjacent properties on Pine Avenue. The site is near the Riverfront and Gateway Tax Allocation District (TAD), and within close proximity to the Flint River, and other existing downtown attractions and amenities.

In May, the Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 to recommend some agriculture zoned property on Walker Ducker Station Road in rural Dougherty County be changed to 'Commercial 3.' But other property owners in the area are opposed, saying the rezoning will hurt their farming operations.

Morgan III Properties of Albany wanted to build the three million dollar micro brewery development on 29 acres. Dr. Tripp Morgan said his group planned to grow their own certified organic ingredients that would be used to brew their beer. In July, Dougherty County commissioners decided to table a measure on the rezoning on that land.

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