Michael Peticolas' microbrewery is a step closer to opening, as he applied March 14 for a zoning change to request the creation of "a new subdistrict that will allow for the manufacture of alcohol," according to the wording on his zoning change application to the city's Department of Development Services. A Friend of Unfair Park gave Robert Wilonsky the heads-up and Wilonsky, being a Friend of City of Ate, kindly sent it my way.
The location is an 8,300-square-foot warehouse building, currently vacant, at 1301 Pace St., adjacent to Artifex.
Peticolas hasn't yet called me back about the location, but a status update to Peticolas Brewing Company's Facebook page Tuesday said that notices will be sent out to neighbors within the next couple of weeks.
"We will open when the city lets us," Peticolas wrote last week on a status update about posting the required zoning change notice signs.
No need to clear out fridge space for Peticolas offerings quite yet, though. According to senior planner Jennifer Hiromoto, because of its location in a Planned Development District, Peticolas could have to wait as long as a few more months to get approval from the city council. Also, one neighbor has expressed some "concerns" about the proposal.
The earliest it could go to a Planning Commission hearing is May 5, she says, and it typically takes six weeks before it can go before the city council after approval. If so, it could be on a council agenda before the July break. If not, it would be August before the council could approve the change.
So far, Hiromoto says, she has received only one comment, good or bad, about the proposed change.
"I received one phone call from the property owner of a large amount of land, who had concerns," she says. "He didn't say he was opposed, but he thinks they might be wanting outside silos. I'm not sure where they would put silos."
The building, after all, covers 92 percent of the lot, which she says would rule out construction of silos along with another of the man's concerns: the possibility of a beer garden (or, at least an outdoor beer garden).
His final concern, retail sales, would be a state issue. After all, microbreweries can't sell beer in Texas -- yet. House Bill 2436, currently in committee, would allow breweries producing 75,000 barrels or less annually to sell directly to consumers; it's like HB 602, which would allow breweries to send people home with free beer following a paid tour, except without the tour end-around.