Plymouth Brewing expansion approved by Plan Commission

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Brewing Co. will be brewing up more business – and beer.

The Plan Commission Thursday approved PBC’s plans to expand operations into the vacant Sunshine building at 207 E. Mill St., across the street from their current location at 222 E. Mill St.

“This would be a large jump in production,” co-owner Joe Filion told the commissioners.

“This would allow us to sell and distribute more widely,” co-owner Jeff Miller added.

Filion said he plans to move his current brewing production facilities from the back room of his current location to the building across the street. The company would then be able to produce 10 to 15 times as many barrels of beer compared to the current production.

The new facility would also include bottling facilities along with a loading area in the southwest part of the building.

Filion assured the commissioners that all production would take place during daytime hours, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and should not generate any unwelcome odors or noise.

The company’s plans are subject to state review and Filion said his architect has said the new building will be able to handle the new use. “We also have quite a bit of room to expand,” in the new building if needed, he added.

Plans to add a photo-voltaic electrical system at the Generations intergenerational center won commission approval.

Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition board member David Lagerman explained that the system would help Generations continue to meet its goal of being as green as possible.

“It will also help our bottom line,” by saving the center on electricity costs, he added. “At Generations we have restricted funds that are available for improvements.”

The coalition already has one grant in place to help pay for the project and is trying to secure another, according to Lagerman.

The commission, under its extraterritorial jurisdiction, approved a certified survey map for a parcel in the town of Plymouth at the corner of State 67 and County J which the county will be purchasing and converting into an operations center for the Highway Department.

A pair of conditional use permits won commission approval after some discussion.

David and Therese Endries were granted permission to operate an air B&B in their home at 321 Reed St.

Some commission members struggled with the terminology. While classified as a bed and breakfast use, the Endries explained that they will not be operating a traditional bed and breakfast, including serving breakfast to guests daily.

Instead, their home is listed on a website for visitors looking simply for a room to stay in while in Plymouth. A similar permit was granted by the commission last fall for a home on North Street.

Theresa Diesch was granted a permit to operate a massage therapy business at her home at 505 North St.

Diesch assured the commission she would only be operating part-time, with only one customer at a time, and would have ample off-street parking.

Responding to a request from neighbors Chuck and Jeannine Gibson, Diesch agreed to a limitation of only a small window sign to advertise her business.


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