Community input sought on brewery redevelopment

April 24, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the St. Paul Community Baptist Church, 1901 E. Federal St., to give city officials community input before they issue a request for proposals for possible redevelopment of the long-vacant American Brewery.

Housing officials said they decided to issue an RFP after a developer expressed interest in the nearly 2-acre site in the 1700 block of Gay St. near North Avenue, which the city has owned since the late 1970s and which consists of an 1887 brewhouse and a separate bottling plant.

Robert Pipik, the housing department's director of asset management, estimated the cost of renovating the buildings would be more than $10 million. "I do think it's a real challenge for developers," he said.

The Rev. Gregory Perkins, pastor of the church and vice president of the Washington-Wolfe Gateway Community Association, said redevelopment of the site could be a boost to the neighborhood. "If we get the right kind of developer, I think it would be great," he said.

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