Carrie Rengers

April 25, 2014

Central Standard Brewing conditional use permit denied, but business will still open

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WICHITA — Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. has been in the real estate business for a decade, but he's been learning a new side of it lately.

Boyd and Ian Crane have home brewed beer together for a decade. Now, they're opening Central Standard Brewing in 4,000 square feet in a building they purchased across from Hyde Park not far from the southwest corner of Douglas and Hydraulic, but they've faced opposition from some in the neighborhood.

"Dealing with the government and neighbors is tough," Boyd says. "It's tough when you're dealing with emotions."

When Boyd first told Have You Heard? about his plans in March, he says he didn't realize the park would trigger a need for a conditional use permit to allow live music at the business along with more alcohol sales than food sales.

"The park is kind of why we bought the building in the first place, kind of bringing nature into our setting," he says.

The planning commission had a tied vote over the permit on Thursday, which means it's denied.

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