City Council gives OK for microbrewery to open near Douglas, Hydraulic

06/03/2014 2:31 PM

06/03/2014 2:33 PM

A microbrewery will open across the street from Hyde Park after the Wichita City Council approved a conditional use permit.

The council voted 6-1 on Tuesday to approve a permit for 156 S. Greenwood – near Douglas and Hydraulic – in the central business district. Janet Miller voted no.

Stipulations that limit hours of operation and what can be served were set before the decision was reached.

Owners Andy Boyd and Ian Crane had made the request. They plan to open Central Standard Brewing in the fall in an existing building, which was used by a roofing contractor.

The special permit was necessary because the microbrewery will have live music and because of its location.

Downtown zoning prohibits an establishment that serves more than 50 percent alcohol and has live music from being located within 300 feet of a park.

“This is an awfully hard decision for me,” said council member Lavonta Williams, whose district includes the site. “I have a problem with it being across from a neighborhood park.”

Some of her concerns were addressed by stipulations.

As part of their plan, the owners said they would sell only beer and wine and would close at 10 p.m. weekdays and midnight on weekends.

Any business that might succeed Central Standard in the building will be required to adhere to those restrictions.

“It can’t just become a nightclub later,” Williams said.

A privacy fence of at least six feet will also be required.

Council member Pete Meitzner said he liked the idea because it was another example of the millennial generation expressing its lifestyle as a way to renovate downtown.

The District Advisory Board for the area had previously voted 11-0 to approve the request. The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission had rejected the request.

The owners expect to spend $200,000 to $300,000 to renovate the building, Boyd said.

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